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Teacher Training


The Sydney Jewish Museum is a New South Wales Institute of Teachers endorsed provider of professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at Professional Competence. To book, please fill out the form below and a member of the education team will be in contact.

See below upcoming seminars. Booking is essential. Email rsvp@sjm.com.au

Unthinkable Crimes: Genocide in the Twentieth Century

February 6

Held in conjunction with the Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, this full-day program is designed to enable teachers of subjects including English, History Extension, Legal Studies, Modern History, and others to address a range of content areas and methodological approaches. This program also offers the unique opportunity to hear the testimony of Holocaust survivors as well as survivors of the Cambodian Genocide and the Rwandan Genocide.  The program also includes a Q and A with a survivor of the Stolen Generation.  The seminar will also feature world renowned experts in Holocaust and Genocide studies including Professor Colin Tatz.

New Perspectives: Teaching the Holocaust in Australian Classrooms

April 17-18 & August 6-7

This is a two-day professional development seminar designed to address the outcomes of the new Australian Curriculum. Participants will be presented with newly-developed materials and practical approaches to teaching about the Holocaust. Participants will be taken on special guided tours of the Museum and its archives, and will have the opportunity to hear testimony from a panel of Holocaust survivors.

Beyond Representation: The Holocaust in Film and Literature

July 23-24

Literature and film are unique ways for students to engage emotionally and intellectually with the Holocaust. Different kinds of narratives provide us with different types of information, and raise important questions: are there moral and ethical limits that should be placed on such representation? Can fiction add to our understanding of an historical period – and if so, how? Is the Holocaust “beyond representation”? This professional development seminar will provide teachers with an opportunity to consider these questions and explore how they can use different texts, including popular fiction, film and testimony to enrich their students’ learning about the Holocaust.

Holocaust education program

Teachers! We invite you to join the cadre of Australian teachers who have become expert Holocaust educators by training at Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies in Jerusalem. The Sydney Jewish Museum offers two scholarships, covering all expenses for this course. Participants gain a detailed and in-depth understanding of the history of the Holocaust, as well as the tools and techniques of how to teach it. Leading historians will share the results of their latest research, Expert educators will introduce the pedagogical and age appropriate approaches on how to teach the Holocaust. 

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Classroom resources

For classroom resources that support your teaching of the Holocaust follow the links below:

Sydney Jewish Museum Scope and Sequence – National Curriculum Depth Study 6

For teachers covering the Holocaust in Depth Study 6 of the National Curriculum, The Sydney Jewish Museum recommends using the Sydney Jewish Museum Scope and Sequence. It covers 12 units of study and our recommendation is to allow approximately 20 hours to cover this Scope and Sequence, plus a visit to the Museum. For a snapshot of the understanding goals linked to each section of the National Curriculum Scope and Sequence, see the document Annotated Scope and Sequence – critical questions to guide enduring understandings

Language of the Holocaust

Before embarking on Holocaust study, students will need to understand the power of words to hold radically different meanings for people, depending on their personal experiences or the particular context of the word. For instance, what does it mean to read a Holocaust survivor’s explanation that “we were hungry”? How can student’s possibly relate this to their understanding of the word “hunger”? Our resource Language of the Holocaust provides a classroom activity to help with this.


Understanding Antisemitism is a vital premise to begin with before studying the Holocaust. (Unit 1 in the Sydney Jewish Museum Scope and Sequence).

The Rise of Nazism and The Destruction of European Jewry

When studying the Holocaust under the National Curriculum, it is vital to spend a significant amount of time on The Rise of Nazism – covering the years 1933-39.  (Unit 4 in the Sydney Jewish Museum Scope and Sequence). It is vital that students understand this part of the history so that they can better understand the parts of the genocide that occurred during 1939-1945. To assist your teaching of this time period, we have made available the resource The Rise of Nazism and The Destruction of European Jewry. It includes relevant historical information, primary sources and suggested classroom activities.

Ghettos – Joy of News

The place of the Ghettos is central to understanding the history of the Holocaust (Unit 4 in the Sydney Jewish Museum Scope and Sequence). To assist your teaching of the history of Ghettos, please use the resource Ghettos – Joy of News. It includes general historical information, as well as a case study of Terezin Ghetto, which includes primary sources and suggested classroom activities.

Case Study – Dachau Chart

When you teach the history of Concentration Camps under Nazism (Unit 8 in the Sydney Jewish Museum Scope and Sequence), using the resource Case Study – Dachau Chart will enrich your classroom on two levels. Teaching about a less well known Concentration Camp is useful for student learning, and using the Dachau Chart to spiral through ideas on race that you taught earlier in your curriculum.

Resistance – Amidah

Understanding the complex nature of Jewish Amidah (standing up, or resistance) during the Holocaust is an important aspect to all Holocaust study. Using the resource Resistance – Amidah is a good introduction to this concept. (Unit 6 in the Sydney Jewish Museum Scope and Sequence)


Understanding the post-war adjustment to life is an important way to understand part of the experience of Jewish victims of the Holocaust. The resource Liberation – Signs of Life gives teachers a classroom resource that focuses on this difficult topic

Categories of Participants

Categories of Participants is a classroom resource for students to examine the categories of participants in the Holocaust, Bystanders, Resistors, Victims and Perpetrators

Righteous Among the Nations

Although there are so few Righteous Among the Nations, it is vital that we shine a light on the actions of these remarkable people. A few case studies are available in our resource Righteous Among the Nations