Program Details

World War II

Stephen Berk
History / International Relations

Course Description

World War II (1939-1945) was perhaps the most pivotal and critical conflict in world history. The world watched as totalitarian regimes like Hitler’s Germany and Tojo’s Japan gobbled up more and more land and exterminated countless numbers of people. World War II would ultimately see between 50 and 80 million people dead and lead to irreparable damage to the countries and people involved. Ultimately, the United States and Britain won the war but at a cost that was impossible to thoroughly calculate and at a price that is still being paid today. World War II’s incredible social, economic, scientific and political consequences forever changed the face of the planet.


  1. Hitler and Tojo on the March.
  2. Barbarossa and America Enter the War.
  3. Normandy and the Drive to the Rhine.
  4. Bombs Away and Retribution.

About the Instructor

  • Stephen Berk, PhD, is a Professor of History at Union College in Schenectady, New York, where he holds the Henry and Sally Schaffer Chair in Holocaust and Jewish Studies. He is the author of Year of Crisis, Year of Hope: Russian Jewry and the Pogroms of 1881-1882. Berk has written articles on Russian and Jewish history, anti-Semitism, and the Middle East. In 2010, Berk was designated an Israel Hero for his defense and advocacy of the State of Israel by JERNY, the Jewish Educational Resources of New York. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Citizen Laureate Award from the University of Albany Foundation.  

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