15 January – 5 February 2019
Explore the ongoing legacy of the Holocaust, the Cambodian genocide and Rwandan genocide at this short course held in partnership with WEA Sydney. This course will run over four weeks and has a focus on primary documents and testimonies of victims, perpetrators and witnesses to genocides of the 20th century.
This course offers the unique opportunity to hear the voices and stories of four living genocide survivors. The opportunity to sit and listen to a survivor, and share their perspective is crucial to understanding the human price of genocide.
Studying genocide confronts us with profound questions about collective and individual responsibility, as well as the capacity for human cruelty. It also confronts us with the fact that even during a time of war and destruction, human beings can retain the capacity for compassion and empathy.
The first three weeks of this short course includes 6 classroom sessions at WEA Sydney with an Education Officer from the Sydney Jewish Museum, Dr Ari Lander. In the fourth week, students will visit the Sydney Jewish Museum for a special guided tour of the newly-renovated Holocaust exhibition. Students will also have the opportunity to spend an hour with a Holocaust survivor who will share their memories of life during the Holocaust.
“I speak on behalf of myself and to try to give a voice to the more than a million and a half million children who were murdered.”
Tuesday 15 January, 10am-12pm
- Annihilating International Jewry: Antisemitism and Nazi ideology
- Photographing Destruction: Photographing ‘life’ in the ghetto
Thursday 17 January, 10am-12pm
- “The Good Old Days”: The testimony of Nazi perpetrators
Tuesday 22 January, 10am-12pm
- Voices From the Ashes: The victims of the Nazi genocides – Jews, Roma and people with disabilities
- Hear Our Voices: Female genocide survivors speak – Survivors of the Holocaust, Cambodian genocide and Rwandan genocide
Thursday 24 January, 10am-12pm
- Black and White: The Holocaust in Literature – Primo Levi, Imre Kertesz and Art Spiegelman
- The Holocaust in Film: Whose trauma is it anyway? – Schindler’s List and Downfall
Tuesday 29 January, 10am-12pm
- The Prison State: Genocide in Democratic Kampuchea
Thursday 31 January, 10am-12pm
- Machete Season: The perpetrators and survivors of Rwanda speak
- A People Betrayed: The Rwandan genocide
Tuesday 5 February, 10am-12pm
- Guided tour of the Sydney Jewish Museum’s newly-renovated permanent Holocaust exhibition by a Museum Education Officer
- Hear a testimony by a Holocaust survivor
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