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European History

Discover great royal dynasties; bloody wars, plague and famine; and the intense periods of political, economic and social upheaval that formed the backdrop to European History from the fall of Rome to the modern day. Our high quality courses are led by professional and friendly tutors and offer the chance to meet like-minded people and make new friends.

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Nazism: Rise and Success, 1923-1939

How did the Nazis come to power in Germany? How did they consolidate their success? How successful was propaganda? What really were Nazism’s goals and how did they realise them in peacetime before World War II? This course seeks to examine these and other questions, with attention both to how people lived in Germany under Nazism and to the ways... [More]
$250 Limited / $225

<p>How did the Nazis come to power in Germany? How did they consolidate their success? How successful was propaganda? What really were Nazism’s goals and how did they realise them in peacetime

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01 May

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A History of Poland

Poland boasts a colourful history. Home to the first Christianised Slavic peoples. Once a powerful Kingdom stretching from “Sea to Sea”, Poland was carved up by the neighbouring powers and finally territorially shifted westwards. Present-day Poland is the third attempt at establishing a republic. Follow the twists and turns through a millennium of... [More]
$232 Limited / $209

<p>Poland boasts a colourful history. Home to the first Christianised Slavic peoples. Once a powerful Kingdom stretching from “Sea to Sea”, Poland was carved up by the neighbouring powers and finally

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04 May

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Emancipated Ireland 1800-1850: The Age of O'Connell

Daniel O’Connell dominated the Irish scene for 50 years from the Act of Union to the Great Famine. Catholic Emancipation ended the ‘penal laws’ yet his Repeal agitation failed to undo the Union. Both campaigns mobilised the masses to democratic action for the first time in the modern era. Reforms, too few, too late, could not avert disaster,... [More]
$232 Limited / $209

<p>Daniel O’Connell dominated the Irish scene for 50 years from the Act of Union to the Great Famine. Catholic Emancipation ended the ‘penal laws’ yet his Repeal agitation failed to undo the Union.

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06 May

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Introduction to the Holocaust

This session will introduce participants to some of the significant factors that can help us understand how the Holocaust unfolded. Why were the Jewish people targeted by Hitler and his Nazi party? What led to the final decision to systematically destroy the European Jewry? These are some of the questions we will grapple with in this session. This... [More]
$22 Limited

This session will introduce participants to some of the significant factors that can help us understand how the Holocaust unfolded. Why were the Jewish people targeted by Hitler and his Nazi party?

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04 Jun

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Resisting the Holocaust

The old image, that Jews went ‘like lambs to the slaughter’ falls into the realm of historical legend. Jews resisted the Nazi genocide from the very beginning and in diverse ways. In this session, participants will explore some of the many courageous acts of resistance by the Jewish people during this difficult time. This course is part of a joint... [More]
$22 Limited

The old image, that Jews went ‘like lambs to the slaughter’ falls into the realm of historical legend. Jews resisted the Nazi genocide from the very beginning and in diverse ways. In this session,

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11 Jun

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The Danish Resistance and the Flight of the Danish Jewry

The survival of over ninety five percent of the Danish Jewry during the Holocaust is a remarkable chapter amidst the horrors of the Holocaust. In this session, we will explore not only what happened but try to understand how and why it happened. This course is part of a joint initiative between WEA Sydney, the Sydney Jewish Museum and Shalom... [More]
$22 Limited

The survival of over ninety five percent of the Danish Jewry during the Holocaust is a remarkable chapter amidst the horrors of the Holocaust. In this session, we will explore not only what happened

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18 Jun

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The Memory of the Danish Resistance

With time the story of the flight of the Danish Jewry has become bigger than the very events that inspired it. In this session, we will think critically about the legacy of the event and its role within the Danish memorial culture. This course is part of a joint initiative between WEA Sydney, the Sydney Jewish Museum and Shalom Theatre to celebrate... [More]
$22 Limited

With time the story of the flight of the Danish Jewry has become bigger than the very events that inspired it. In this session, we will think critically about the legacy of the event and its role

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25 Jun

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In Conversation with a Holocaust Survivor

For our final session participants are invited to hear from someone who survived the Holocaust. In conversation with Morgan, the survivor will share the story of their family, survival and the impact of the Holocaust on their lives. This session will take place at the Sydney Jewish Museum. This course is part of a joint initiative between WEA... [More]
$22 Limited

For our final session participants are invited to hear from someone who survived the Holocaust. In conversation with Morgan, the survivor will share the story of their family, survival and the impact

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02 Jul

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A Tomb with a View: Medieval Anchorites and Anchoresses

In medieval England hundreds of men and women willingly underwent a Mass for the Dead before being locked away for life in either a tiny cell on the side of a church, or in openings in town walls and other cramped spaces. These were the anchorites and anchoresses of long ago. There were hermits and hermitesses, too, who settled on a solitary life... [More]
$49 Limited

<p>In medieval England hundreds of men and women willingly underwent a Mass for the Dead before being locked away for life in either a tiny cell on the side of a church, or in openings in town walls

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03 Jul

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