• Nazis in Australia: Antisemitism and Australian Nazi War Criminals

Nazis in Australia: Antisemitism and Australian Nazi War Criminals

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Cost $18/student, teachers free Minimum cost $180 Duration 3 hours Capacity 120 students per day Curriculum links Stage 4 & 5 Elective History, Topic 1: Constructing History.

Stage 6 Preliminary Modern History: The Investigation of Historic Sites and Sources; The Contestability of the Past; The Construction of Modern History.

Legal Studies Stage 6: Human Rights, The Individual and The Law, Law in Practise.

Stage 6 Society and Culture: Belief Systems and Ideologies, and Social and Cultural Continuity and Change.

This program offers students a unique perspective on The Holocaust, as they will examine the war crimes trials of Nazi collaborators, which took place in Adelaide in the 1990s. Students will explore evidence brought to the courts, as well as the nature of antisemitism in Australia and the public response to the startling revelation that hundreds of Nazi war criminals made their homes in our own backyard. This program will explore the question of what happens when history and the law collide.

This program will take the form of a workshop facilitated by a museum educator, with insights and perspectives from Emeritus Professor Konrad Kwiet, who was the chief historian called to the stand during the trials. It will be complemented by student group work and source analysis, students will develop critical thinking skills about the legal system and its effectiveness in promoting a just and fair society. They will also consider the way that human rights interact with the structures of the Australian legal system, and the wide-spanning implications of racism and antisemitism.

By illuminating the direct effects that The Holocaust has had on Australian society, students will be challenged to consider that the Holocaust is closer to home than they may realise.

Due to the malleable nature of this content, outcomes for this program can be adapted to suit specific requirements. For example, legal studies students may focus primarily on the court proceedings and the many legal issues associated with international and domestic law, while history students may focus on the contestability of the past and complex issues around retroactive justice.

Image: Scrapbook of articles by Zell Rabin for the Daily Mirror New York covering the Adolf Eichmann trial, 1960/61, Sydney Jewish Museum Collection, donated by Milly Goldman.

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On the day

  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your program start time and assemble students across the road from the museum in Green Park.
  • Please send a member of staff to the main museum entrance to let us know you have arrived and our education team will come to greet you.
  • Students will enter via the main museum entrance on Darlinghurst Road.
  • Note that the museum has a substantial security presence. Your group may be asked to consent to a bag search.

What to bring

  • Due to limited locker space, we request that students do not bring large backpacks.
  • If the students plan to eat before or after their visit, please ask them to bring very small bags so that we can put several bags in each locker.


  • We strive to make our programs accessible and inclusive to students of all needs and abilities. Please advise us if you have any additional needs for your visit.

Content advice

  • Note that the content covered at the museum may be distressing to some students.
  • We recommend bringing your school councillor and/or members of your pastoral care team to the visit.


  • An invoice will be sent after your visit, unless organised otherwise.

Confirmation of numbers

  • All bookings must confirm any changes to student numbers at least 7 days prior to the visit in writing. Schools will be charged for the number of students we have on record 7 days prior to the visit.

Cancellations and booking changes

  • Changes and cancellations including dates, times and student numbers must be made in writing.
  • Each booking is permitted two changes at no cost. Each additional change over and above these two changes will incur a $30 administration fee.
  • Cancellations made within 7 working days of the scheduled booking will be charged in full.

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Pre and post visit lesson plans

Our Educators have created activities and resources for teachers to use to engage students before and after their visit to the Museum.

Click here to download the pre and post visit lesson plans.

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