Genocide and Holocaust Studies: Genocide & Holocaust Studies an Introduction

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The Path to Nazi Genocide


United States Holocaust Memorial Museum published on Jan 13, 2014

This film provides a concise overview of the Holocaust and the events leading up to it. Using rare footage, the film examines the Nazis' rise and consolidation of power in Germany as well as their racist ideology, propaganda, and persecution of Jews and other innocent civilians. It also outlines the path by which the Nazis led a state to war, and with their collaborators, killed millions -- including systematically murdering 6 million Jewish people. This 38-minute resource is intended to provoke reflection and discussion about the role of ordinary people, institutions, and nations between 1918 and 1945.

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Background Information

Genocide and Holocaust studies is an area of study that focuses on the events leading up to as well as the aftermath of mass atrocities, crimes against humanity and genocide. One of the primary focuses of Genocide and Holocaust studies is to research and understand these atrocities so that they may be prevented from happening again. 

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