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Lecture: “From Humiliation, to Segregation, to Annihilation: The Education of Young Jews in Nazi Germany”

Sunday, 12 May, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


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Everyone is welcome at Hobart Synagogue for what promises to be a fascinating presentation by visiting University of Sydney historian
Dr Michael Abrahams-Sprod on the subject ‘From Humiliation, to Segregation, to Annihilation: The Education of Young Jews in Nazi Germany’.

Using his most recent research, Dr Abrahams-Sprod will chart the experience of young Jews trying to obtain a school education in Nazi Germany.

Students - Family Members ex 'Judenschule' Magdeburg.jpg

Students in a ‘Judenschule’ in Magdeburg

The talk will cover three distinct phases:

  • Humiliation: As early as 1933 and escalating further after the Nuremberg Laws, Jewish students faced degradation in ways such as allocated seating for Jewish pupils in classrooms.
  • Segregation: The opening of Judenschulen (Jews’ schools), where the majority of Jewish pupils were ordered to attend.
  • Annihilation:The closure of the segregated schools, and deportation.

Each phase will be illustrated by examples of the adversity young Jews faced, and their perseverance by continuing to try to obtain education in these horrifying conditions.

For the full abstract of this talk, please view this Word Document. Also, Dr. Abrahams-Sprod provided his 2004 journal article that provides background information on this topic.

Dr Michael Abrahams-Sprod is Roth Lecturer in Israel, Jewish Civilisation and Holocaust Studies in the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies at The University of Sydney and also immediate Past President of the Australian Association for Jewish Studies. Michael currently teaches and researches in the areas of post Second Temple Jewish history, medieval Jewish history and modern Jewish history, with key focuses on German-Jewish history, the Holocaust, modern European Jewish history, the history of Zionism, the history of the State of Israel and the history of the Arab-Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He has published widely on German-Jewish history. His PhD dissertation (2006) entitled: Life under Siege: The Jews of Magdeburg under Nazi Rule was published as his first book in German translation in 2011 under the title: “Und dann warst du auf einmal ausgestoßen!”: Die Magdeburger Juden während der NS-Herrschaft”. His current major research project investigates the school curriculum, educational ethos and experience of young Jews in Nazi Germany.

Dr. Michael Abrahams-Sprod

Dr. Michael Abrahams-Sprod

Dr Abrahams-Sprod has kindly volunteered his services on the congregation’s behalf. The talk will be followed by questions and answers.


Sunday, 12 May, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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