Pursuit of justice: the trial of John Demjanjuk

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Created by    Dr Emma Aoife O'Brien 

Pursuit of Justice: the trial of John Demjanjuk comprises four one hour lessons. The primary aim of the suite of lessons is to learn about the family of Helene Seligmann (later Neuhaus) and to explore the concept of justice in order to understand the trial of John Demjanjuk. The four lessons chart the lives and fate of Helene and her family during the Holocaust and the subsequent trial of John Demjanjuk over 65 years later.

The aim of this fourth lesson is to share with students the outcome of the Demjanjuk trial and for them to reflect on the sentence and enter into a discussion on whether justice has been achieved for Helene, her family and other victims of the Holocaust.

Watch this 6 minute news clip with studio discussion for a preview of some of the issues explored in this lesson.




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  • To consolidate the learning from the previous three lessons in the series
  • To consider one’s response and that of others to the trial of John Demjanjuk
  • To reflect on what it means to seek justice for crimes of such magnitude as genocide


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