Holocaust Educator Study Tour

Past study tours have taken place in 2005, 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2016. Each program provides an exceptional opportunity to engage with learning at historic sites, explore cultural forums, and discuss pedagogical issues related to teaching the Holocaust in contemporary classrooms. The Neuberger’s Study Tour is an intense, rigorous program that combines academic with reflective and experiential modes of learning.

Previous Study Tours for Educators


About the 2016 HEST

Dates: July 5-17, 2016

Eligibility: active teachers; teacher candidates and educators in informal education settings; university and college instructors. 
Applicants must be Canadian / employed in a Canadian educational institution / studying education in an accredited Canadian institution.
Applicants must have a valid passport expiring more than 6 months from July 17, 2016. 

Application: closed

Sample Itinerary: download here

Price: $2,500 (subsidized: actual cost $4500, based on double occupancy and flights from Toronto)

Support for this program is generously provided by the Claims Conference, the Government of Canada and and private donors. 



About the Program: The Holocaust Educators’ Study Tour provides a unique opportunity to engage with sites of Jewish heritage, culture, and remembrance in addition to sites of destruction associated with the Holocaust. The 2016 program departs Toronto on the evening of July 5, arriving in Vienna on July 6. The program concludes in Warsaw, departing the morning of July 17 directly to Toronto.

In Austria, participants will visit Schloss Hartheim which was notorious for being one of the Nazi “euthanasia” killing centres, and the Mauthausen concentration camp. Participants will also engage in dialogue with pedagogical experts on issues related to teaching the Holocaust. Previous participants have cited these components as some of the most memorable of the program.

The Austrian portion of the program also provides an important opportunity to engage with themes of the Anschluss - reconciling an historical narrative of first-victim to that of shared responsibility, the Kindertransport, and how the Holocaust is remembered and taught in schools today. Throughout the journey, participants will engage in dialogue with individuals working in the fields of Holocaust history, education and culture. Excursions are also planned to the Jewish Museum Vienna, Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance, and Centropa.

The beauty and magnificence of Vienna’s architecture provides a startling contrast with the city’s dark past. The opportunity to dialogue with community members, civic leaders, academics, experts and peers provides an important opportunity to understand not only the history of the Holocaust, but how history shapes the present and informs the future.

In Poland, participants will tour the former Nazi German concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Auschwitz Jewish Centre in Oswiecim, the former imperial capital city Krakow,  the modern city of Warsaw home to Polin - the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Tykocin and Lopuchowa Forest, Lublin and the former Nazi German concentration camp of Majdanek.

In Poland, the group will meet with pedagogical experts and learn about how the Holocaust is taught in Polish schools, and meet with individuals directly involved in education and cultural activities.