SYDNEY, Australia – The Holocaust has been included in the national education curriculum in Australia for the first time.
Jewish leaders welcomed the move, announced last week by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, with some reservations.
“One difficulty is that study of the Holocaust is limited to the years 1942-1945,” said Executive Council of Australian Jewry executive director, Peter Wertheim. “This is inaccurate and omits the Nazi program of mass shootings and other atrocities between 1939 and 1941 in which 1.5 million Jews were systematically put to death.”
He added: “The ECAJ will consult with the day-schools and educators before responding formally to the government.”
Schools in New South Wales have previously taught the Holocaust in English and history.