Course developed by Marion Seftel, Senior History Teacher and Sandy Hollis, Studies of Religion and Jewish Studies Teacher, Masada College.
Masada College is a coeducational Orthodox Jewish Day School in Sydney’s northern suburbs catering for children from preschool to Year 12. The School has developed a compulsory course in Jewish Studies for students in Years 7-10. A component of the course is a program teaching the Holocaust for students in Year 10. A key feature is the ‘Living Historians’ Project whereby students interview and take oral history from a survivor of the Holocaust. The program makes use of a variety of primary and secondary source materials including website sources. Students are able to investigate primary evidence at the Sydney Jewish Museum.
The program is easily adapted to the “Investigating History” topic in Mandatory History Stages 4 and 5 and “Constructing History” in History Elective Stages 4 and 5.