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Crimes of Communism: An Intro to a Century of Human Rights Violations

Mikael Hellstrom, Ph.D.
Rising Star
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(91)
In this one-time class, we'll cover a brief survey of the long catalogue of crimes against humanity committed by Communist regimes across the world since 1917, including the Holodomor, the Great Leap Forward, and the Killing Fields.

Class experience

US Grade 8 - 11
This class deals with crimes against humanity. I have taken a graduate student level course comparing crimes against humanity from WWII until the genocide in Rwanda, including the implications for restorative justice. I have also taught this subject matter on university level for many years. For young learners, I ran a tutorial on totalitarian rule as part of my B.Ed. 6 week practicum for three grade 9s.
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This class deals with crimes against humanity. It will be taught in a PG-13 manner, no graphic pictures will be included, for example. Instead it will be using testimonials and statistics. Content includes descriptions of killings, policies that result in mass death, mass terror and incarceration, famine, cannibalism, experiments, and more.
The Communist Manifesto
Simon Sebag Montefiore "The Court of the Red Czar"
Courteois et al "The Black Book of Communism"
Leszek Kolakowski "Main Currents of Marxism"
Rummel, J, "Democide in the 20th Century".
Anne Applebaum "Inside the Iron Curtain"
Rising Star
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(91)
I teach social studies and role-playing games. I have 35 years of experience as a Game-master of table-top roleplaying games and Live-Action Roleplay organizer and facilitator for people of ages 7+. I used that experience in my teaching,... 
Group Class


per class
Meets once
55 min

Completed by 14 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-18
4-7 learners per class

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