This is a two-semester course on 20th-century German history. Each week we'll watch a film and discuss it as a group. You may enroll in one or both semesters; each one serves as a standalone class.
The first half of the course (fall semester) will focus on World War II and the Holocaust. We will ask why so many ordinary Germans participated in this atrocity, and why so many more were passive bystanders. Is this phenomenon uniquely German, or is it something inherent to the human condition? How does modern Germany confront its past? And how can we avoid future genocides?
In the second half of the course (spring semester), we will discuss the Cold War, the division of Germany into East and West, and the country’s ultimate reconciliation in 1989/1990, after the fall of the Berlin Wall. We will also look at the way the twin legacies of Nazism and Communism shape modern-day politics in both Europe and the United States.
Fridays from 11:30 to 12:30
Fall semester: September 16 through December 9 (no class November 25)
Spring semester: dates to be determined
For full information on this and other Rise Out programs, as well as registration, please see the Rise Out website.
Rise Out is a 501(c)3 nonprofit offering classes for homeschooling teens at Voyagers, as well as in Cambridge and online. Rise Out also consults with teens exploring and pursuing alternatives to traditional high school.