Antisemitism: The Longest Hatred (Cancelled)

Dates & Cost 

4.15–6.30pm 11 & 18 March 2021

About the Program

Antisemitism has been described as the ‘longest hatred.’ In this two-part course, you will explore the evolution and manifestations of antisemitism – from ancient and medieval to contemporary. Paul Forgasz, the course lecturer and an affiliate of the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash University, will examine how no other group prejudice has displayed such intensity and historic continuity in different times and places, culminating in the most devastating of consequences, the Holocaust.

You will also learn why antisemitism is not simply a phenomenon of the past, but has re-emerged in the contemporary world against the backdrop of rising forces of nationalist, xenophobic and populist resentment.

This program is being delivered in partnership with the Jewish Holocaust Centre. Use will be made of both primary and secondary sources, and you will also engage in discussion about the application of these rich learning materials in your own classrooms. No prior knowledge will be assumed on the part of participants.

Victorian Curriculum Connections

Ethical capability in Levels 7–10

Explore the contested meaning of certain concepts, including freedom, justice and rights and responsibilities, and the extent they are and should be valued by different individuals and groups (VCECU014).

Investigate the connections and distinctions between and the relative value of concepts including fairness and equality, and respect and tolerance (VCECU019).

Explore a range of ethical problems and examine the extent to which different positions are related to commonly held ethical concepts and principles, considering the influence of cultural norms, religion, world views and philosophical thought (VCECU020).

Intercultural capability in Levels 7–10

Examine how various cultural groups are represented, by whom they are represented, and comment on the purpose and effect of these representations (VCICCB014).

Assist young people to become responsible local and global citizens, equipped for living and working together in an interconnected world (VCICCB017).

Investigate the connections and distinctions between and the relative value of concepts including fairness and equality, and respect and tolerance (VCECU019).

Engage in complex discussions about interrelationships within and between cultures and explore the challenges of maintain social cohesion  (VCICCD020).

Civics & Citizenship in Levels 7–10

Discuss challenges to and ways of sustaining a resilient democracy and cohesive society (VCCCC036).

Examine the influence of a range of media, including social media, in shaping identities and attitudes to diversity and how ideas about Australian identity may be influenced by global events (VCCCC038).

Literacy in Levels 7–10

Understanding of this topic will further assist any teacher guiding their students through Holocaust-related novels such as the Morris Gleitzman trilogy, The Diary of Anne Frank, Elie Wiesel’s Night and many others.

VCE Units 1–4

History: VCE Unit 1 Twentieth century history 1918–1939.
Religion and Society: VCE Unit 2 Religion and Ethics.
Psychology: VCE Unit 2, Area of Study 2 – How are people influenced to behave in particular ways?

About Paul Forgasz

With an extensive career in Jewish education from secondary to tertiary level, Paul Forgasz is a local treasure when it comes to Jewish history. Having taught at Monash University, Paul was headmaster of the secondary school at Mount Scopus Memorial College, and helped develop the original curriculums for VCE Texts & Traditions and Religion & Society.

Image: 2346-14 Sara Ruda (later Pell) with her classmates and teacher, Wieliczka, Poland, 3 June 1935.

Program Partner