Learn from home: online courses and lectures about the Holocaust


As more people are being asked to remain in their homes to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations around the world are sharing online courses and materials, and rallying to provide digital opportunities to ensure that learning does not stop despite the challenges we face.

We have put together a small selection of courses and lectures so that you can continue learning about the Holocaust, its history, and its significance for the present. As always, we would be glad to hear from you about other valuable resources – you can get in touch with us on Facebook or Twitter!

For more online resources about the Holocaust, including maps, an encyclopedia, and educational guidelines, see our list of educational resources for digital teaching and learning about the Holocaust.


1. Raritan Valley Community College – lecture series: Resilience During Challenging Times

Want to know how people have dealt with momentous challenges in the past? Raritan Valley Community College will be organizing lectures by Holocaust survivors and their family members over the course of more than a month. The first lecture takes place on 17 April, so make sure you have contacted the organizers in advance to get the login information necessary to join the online lecture.

Read more: dates and speakers

To receive the login information for the Zoom lecture, please write to Michelle.Edgar@Raritanval.edu.


2. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – Virtual Field Trip

Courtesy: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Are you longing to leave your house and learn in a different setting? On the website of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, you can go on a field trip from the safety of your home. Designed for students to experience the museum from afar, the virtual field trip requires a smartphone or tablet (and VR equipment if you have it) and can be accessed on your own or with a teacher.

Find out more: USHMM virtual field trip


3. Auschwitz Institute – online course: Foundations in Mass Atrocity Prevention

In response to the pandemic and the need for social distancing, the Auschwitz Institute has decided to offer its popular 6-week fundamentals course entitled Foundations in Mass Atrocity Prevention directly to institutions around the world. Through this course, decision-makers and other stakeholders are given tools to be used in combatting mass atrocities, thereby preventing future suffering and death around the world.

To learn more about possibilities for joining this course, write to inquiries@auschwitzinstitute.org


4. Yad Vashem – What is Antisemitism?

Courtesy: Yad Vashem


Have you ever wondered what exactly antisemitism is and where it comes from? At FutureLearn, you can learn about the background and the nature of antisemitism with a course designed by Yad Vashem “for anyone with an interest in history, in social dynamics and human nature.”

Find out more: FutureLearn course on antisemitism 


5. University of California, Santa Cruz – The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry

Coursera offers several courses on the history of the Holocaust. This one, based on a physical class that has been taught over the past two decades at UC Santa Cruz, lets participants explore a wide selection of topics as seen from the overlapping perspectives of literature and history.

Find out more: "The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry" on Coursera


6. Facing History and Ourselves – resource library and lesson ideas

Courtesy: Facing History and Ourselves


Teachers may find this especially useful: Facing History and Ourselves provides ready-to-use lessons and units for teaching about racism, intolerance, and other genocides. See for instance these ideas for discussing COVID-19 and its impact on intolerance with your students. If you would rather delve into the theme on your own, the Resource Library made available by Facing History and Ourselves helps you do just that. With thematic resources in different formats, you can piece together your own learning through videos and articles.

Explore resources for teachers: Support for teachers during Corona outbreak

Visit the Facing History and Ourselves Resource Library


7. University of California TV – programs on the Holocaust

Courtesy: UCTV


The University of California also offers a wide array of lectures and talks as both video and podcasts. From a discussion of gender in the Holocaust to a lecture on the relationship between the Holocaust and other genocides by IHRA Honorary Chairman, Professor Yehuda Bauer, the UCTV video library is full of analyses that will deepen your understanding of the Holocaust.

Browse the UCTV programs on the Holocaust here, or search “UCTV Holocaust” in your preferred podcast app.


8. Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation – online teacher training

Courtesy: Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation

The JPEF offers this webinar designed for educators who want to learn more about the 30,000 Jews who fought back against the Nazis and their collaborators as Jewish partisans. Tune in and find out how to incorporate resources such as the film Defiance and JPEF’s materials into the classrooms. The first webinar has already taken place, so make sure you register in time to catch the last installment.

Register and learn more at: Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation webinars