About the program:
Students will have the opportunity to study in depth the complex and tragic relationship between the rise of the Nazi party and Hitler in Germany, and the collapse of democracy. By considering the threat that dictatorships pose to peace and security, students will better appreciate the destruction of two thousand years of European Jewish life. Complementing this experience, students will hear first-hand survivor testimony in order to understand the human effect of these turbulent years. Finally, through a close examination of artefacts and relevant sections of the Sydney Jewish Museum’s display, students will explore key aspects of this period such as the initial consolidation of Nazi power, the implementation of the Nuremberg Laws, the breakdown of democratic structures, the role of propaganda and the experience of Kristallnacht.
The program includes an interactive seminar with a Museum educator, first-hand testimony from a Holocaust survivor and a guided tour of the Museum.
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Plan your visit
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On the day
- We recommend arriving 15 minutes before your program begins and assembling 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 where security will greet you and show you where to go.
- Note that the Museum has a substantial security presence. Your group may be asked to consent to a bag search.
- There is an option of pre-ordering our school café lunch which can be eaten in Green Park before or after the excursion. Please click here to see the menu.
What to bring
- Due to limited locker space, we request that students do not bring backpacks.
- If the students plan to eat their lunch in the park after their visit, please ask them to bring very small bags so that we can put several bags in each locker.
- Please let us know before your visit if any of your students have special needs or learning difficulties so we can plan to accommodate their needs during the visit.
- 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.
Explore Europe as a hub of conflicting political ideologies. Students will focus on Operation Barbarossa and the intrinsic link between the Holocaust and the aims of the Nazis to create a racial empire in Europe.Resisting the Holocaust
This program challenges the misconception that Jews went “like lambs to the slaughter”, with examples of Jewish resistance.