Antisemitism: What, When & Why? (Zoom)

Delivered in partnership with the Jewish Holocaust Centre, Antisemitism: What, When & Why will explore the controversial topic of antisemitism. This two-session short course will be an opportunity to learn what antisemitism is, when it began, and how it has evolved over the years into its current state.

Assuming no prior knowledge, this teacher learning opportunity covers a chronology of antisemitism and explores the roles that ordinary citizens, local / national law, leaders and the church have in implementing and promoting intolerant mindsets.

Examining how the face of antisemitism has evolved over the years, Paul Forgasz will explain its impact on propaganda, violence, population shifts and ultimately the Holocaust. Views on both sides of the spectrum will be referenced and discussed in order to understand contemporary antisemitism as well as Islamic fundamentalism.

Both primary and secondary sources will be used, allowing teachers to apply these rich learning materials in their own classrooms.

Antisemitism: What When & Why connects to the following learning areas from the Victorian Curriculum:

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).

Citizens & 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?

Dates & Cost 

4.15–6.30pm 27 August & 3 September 2020
$50 per participant

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: Ignaz Fink’s Class Photo, c.1917-21, Berlin courtesy of the Jewish Holocaust Centre, Melbourne. 

Program Partner