Nesiah Holocaust Course 1

Holocaust Course

Welcome to the Nesiah Pre-Poland Holocaust Course.
This course is specifically designed for students who have elected to participate in the 2023 Pre-Israel Poland tour.  

Noted Jewish philosopher and Rabbi, Dr Emil Fackenheim (1916-2003), was a well-known Holocaust survivor. Fackenheim made his way to Canada, earned his PhD and became a professor publishing numerous books. However, he is best known for a single phrase. He taught and believed that in addition to the 613 Commandments in Jewish tradition, we should observe a 614th, ‘Do not grant Hitler a posthumous victory’. He wrote that we have to remember the martyrs of the Holocaust, lest their memory perish. This is the very reason for our visit to Poland.

In preparation for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, students will be participating in a 7 week Holocaust course which will allow them to get the most out of their Poland experience. They will have an opportunity to learn, share and discuss key concepts and themes relating to the places they will be visiting in Poland. The course will culminate in a visit to the Sydney Jewish Museum where they will be guided and addressed by survivors.


In this unit we introduce the topic of the Holocaust and discuss the course overview. We define what the Holocaust means and understand the importance of learning about it.


This unit teaches us about the rise of the Nazi party and how Hitler became so powerful. We also discuss the propaganda machine and the impact that propaganda has today.


In this unit we learn about Jewish Life before the Holocaust. We are also taught about the vibrant, flourishing Jewish communities in Europe which are no longer in existence.


The Ghettos were a very important part of the plan to get rid of Jewish communities. In this unit we learn about how they were created and what life was like living in the Ghettos.


We continue to learn about key events which played an important role in wiping Jewish communities. We discuss the role of the Concentration camps and the reasons for the death marches.


Many Jewish people bravely resisted and fought back. We learn about some of the key uprisings and examine some of the major resistance efforts that challenged the Germans.


Many non-Jewish families risked their lives to save the lives of Jewish men, women and children. These individuals and families are known as Righteous Among the Nations and are honoured for their actions and behaviours during the Holocaust. 


During this parent discussion session, the logistics of the Year 10 Poland trip were discussed, including key dates, expected outcomes, and overall logistics. To watch the recording of this session, please click the icon below.