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Update from the Department of Continuing Education Courses 2015-2016

In November, the Ghetto Fighters' House opened the 2015-2016 academic year.  Several new courses, with an anticipated number of 500 participants, will take place throughout the year.

The courses cater to the general public, as well educators from all levels of the educational system (early childhood, elementary school, junior high and high school) and cover a number of topics. The courses are accredited for all educators under the “Oz Letmura” and “Ofek Hadash” reforms.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials.  Therefore, the main subject we have chosen to focus on is the Holocaust and the law – and the way in which the world and the State of Israel dealt with Nazi war criminals in courts of law. We will examine the moral and judicial stance taken by the Allied forces towards German leaders, as well as the legislative and judicial stance of the State of Israel towards the Nazis. We will examine various trials conducted against Nazi war criminals and will also analyze how the cinema has dealt with this subject, via films that centered on court trials and Nazi criminals.

Two courses will deal directly with the subject: The Holocaust in the Courts and Dilemmas during the Holocaust and its Aftermath. In addition, a conference will be held in May on the subject as part of the 70th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials – in cooperation with Haifa University and the Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum.   

Two new year-long courses will open this year for teachers and the general public that deal with the Holocaust as depicted in cinema:

• Dilemmas during the Holocaust – as depicted in the cinema. This course will examine various moral dilemmas and challenges faced by people during the Holocaust, their universal significance for us today, and how they have been portrayed in feature films. Special emphasis will be placed on the depiction of Nazi war crimes trials in movies. 

• The Fight for the Human Spirit – as depicted in the cinema. This course will examine the ability of individuals to put their lives in danger in order to save others and safeguard the human spirit and how this issue has been depicted in documentary films throughout the years. Each meeting will include a lecture and a full-length film. Participants will also take part in a study day at Yad Vashem. (This course can be taken as a full course, half course or in single units).

This year we also opened two new online courses:

• The Holocaust as Depicted in Literature: This course will examine literary works, poems and prose, which relate to the horrors of the Holocaust and the experiences of survivors. It will include texts by second and third generation survivors in Israel and in Poland.

• The Holocaust in the Courts: This course will examine how the Holocaust was dealt with in the courts and how Nazi war trials have been depicted on the cinema screen. Moral questions relating to the assumption of responsibility by individuals in the face of acts of evil will also be examined.

Two courses will also open for compulsory kindergarten and elementary school teachers:

• Korczak and Loving the Children: This course will examine educational dilemmas relating to the perception and understanding of children based on the viewpoint of Janusz Korczak and will discuss ways of integrating his ideas into today’s educational work.

• The Holocaust and Young Children: The course will discuss whether it is appropriate to expose young children to the Holocaust and will present methods and tools for teaching the Holocaust to young children based upon their needs and emotional and cognitive development.


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