Seduction and Terror - Hitler's Germany, Short Course | Freie Universität Berlin | Berlin, Germany
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Seduction and Terror - Hitler's Germany

42 days
1850 EUR/full
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This Seduction and Terror - Hitler's Germany class from Freie Universität Berlin focuses on Hitler’s Germany and it begins with the 19th century background. Central to this session will be a discussion of the broad political currents, the agitators and petty demagogues who fueled the dissatisfaction and spread it widely.


What you'll study in the Seduction and Terror - Hitler's Germany class from Freie Universität Berlin

We will also examine the popular literature that Hitler and many of his supporters read and absorbed.

The ‘Thousand Year Reich’ promised by Hitler when he became Chancellor of Germany in January 1933 lasted but 12 years. During this time, Hitler and his Nazi Party came to dominate Europe, terrorizing vast numbers of Germans, launching a devastating war, and orchestrating the murder of more than five million Jews. Despite the terror and vast destruction, Hitler and the Nazi Party gained the active support and involvement of most Germans. How was this possible? What roles did seduction and terror, consent and coercion, play?

Crucial to understanding the lure of Hitler and the Nazi Party was Germany’s experience in the First World War, a conflict that decimated a generation and destroyed Europe as it was known. It left in its wake a shattered, humiliated, and deeply torn Germany. In this climate of uncertainty and despair, Hitler and the Nazi Party grew from a small group on the fringe of radical politics in Munich into a national force. This development is of central importance to this session. Those traits of Hitler crucial to his success, particularly his charisma, will be defined and analyzed within the broader political context of Weimar political and cultural life.

In late January 1933, Hitler gained the long desired but elusive goal: he became chancellor of Germany, the leader of a coalition government. The political intrigues leading to his appointment will be discussed. Much attention will be paid in this session to how Hitler, his cabinet, and supporters were able to consolidate the control over the state and society within a matter of months. This came at the cost of political liberties, through the growing use of terror, oppression, and intimidation. Yet, Hitler gained supporters as he seemingly offered economic stability and a new unity to the German people. How did the regime solidify its control over society and over political life? Was it seduction or terror, consent or coercion?


Wheelchair-accessible housing is available upon request. Please see our website for a full description of the furnished single-occupancy studio apartment and note that the registration deadline for this housing option is one month before the regular registration deadline!

About FUBiS

The Freie Universität Berlin International Summer and Winter University (FUBiS) is an intensive, academic program through which students can earn credits that may be counted towards their degrees at their home institutions. FUBiS sessions run for three to six weeks and take place both in summer and winter.


Students can choose between subject courses (mostly taught in English) and German language and culture courses. The 50+ subject courses are offered within the fields of Architecture, Art History, Politics, Law, History, Media Studies, Economics, Sustainability, Literature, Philosophy, Film, and Music. German language and culture courses are available for up to five different levels of proficiency.

Field Trips

Field trips are an integral part of all our courses. In addition, FUBiS offers excursions such as to the Berlin Reichstag building (seat of the German Parliament) and a guided tour through the underworlds of Berlin, or a day trip to Potsdam.

The sports fans among your students may be interested to know that Germany will be hosting the UEFA EURO 2024 football (soccer) tournament from June 14 to July 14, 2024. The tournament schedule coincides with FUBiS Term II and the final match will be played in Berlin on July 14. There is no direct impact on the program, but the atmosphere around the city will surely be extra special, with lots of live viewing opportunities expected to be available.

Programme Structure

Topics include:

  • World War I, Hitler, and German society, 1914-1918:  from peacetime to war to revolution to democracy, a society torn apart
  • Aftermath of war: revolution and political violence - Hitler and the emergence of the Nazi Party, 1918-1924
  • The Weimar Republic: politics, economics, culture, and social change
  • Field trip: Topography of Terror


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  • "The teaching quality was excellent! I am very glad that I came to this course."
  • "Am appreciative for the FUBiS staffs for taking quick actions and responses to any needs from the students.


Instructor: Dr. Robert G. Waite

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  • Full-time
    • 42 days

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

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Other requirements

General requirements

Students should be able to speak and read English at the upper intermediate level (B2) or higher. No prior knowledge is required but the willingness to think beyond the usual framings on migration. 

Required language skills

The language of instruction is English. Language proficiency on an advanced Intermediate level (Mittelstufe II) is a prerequisite for participation. For orientation purposes, you can assess your language skills via the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1850 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1850 EUR for the full programme during 42 days.
  • EU/EEA

    1850 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1850 EUR for the full programme during 42 days.

Programme fee: € 300

Early registration discount: - € 50

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836 - 1340 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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