Pursuit of justice: the trial of John Demjanjuk

What happened to Helene Seligmann and her family?

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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 the first lesson is to introduce Helene and her family to students. Through exploring family photographs and documents students piece together a narrative, using evidence to understand who Helene was and what happened to her and her family during the Holocaust. Towards the end of the lesson the trial of Demjanjuk is introduced, encouraging students to consider the perpetrators of the crimes under which Helene and her family were to suffer.


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  • To learn about Helene Seligmann (later Neuhaus) and her family and consider their pre-war lives
  • To use original sources to recount what happened to Helene and her family
  • To reflect on the perpetrators of the crimes enacted against Helene and her family


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