Noelyne Levin


I am a retired school-counsellor and English teacher.

Location I live in Durban, South Africa.


  • I taught english to high school pupils, ageas 16-18, and learnt the language myself while teaching it to my students. Quite a challenge but very rewarding.

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    Im a retired School Counsellor and English teacher living in Durban South Africa. I am interested in English Litererature and am also a perennial scholar.

  • I did very poorly. Whatever I knew about depression was just about nothing!!

  • I have a caring, supportive husband who will be of assistance.

  • My name is Noelyne. I live on Durban South Africa and am a retired school counsellor. I am doing this course out of interest. I hope to gain insight into mindfulness as well as an understanding of it.

  • I don't think I can better anything said in the eloquent and insightful articles written by the lecturers - what could I possibly add? Sufficer it to say that I have found this course enlightening and thought provoking and it has certainly peaked my interest in poetry in general and Holocaust poetry in particular. My grateful thanks to all concerned.

  • During my teaching career I came across two boys names Cain. I thought it a strange choice for parents to make in naming their child.

  • The fabric of the family, central to the brutal fracturing of families of the victims and, ironically , the continuation of the ordinary lives of all the perpetrators who went home to families on a daily basis after "work"

  • I think the allusion to smoke in the final line refers to the smoke coming out of the chimneys of the crematoria in the death camps.

  • I can not do this task. There is NOTHING that makes me understand the behaviour of the perpetrators in the Holocaust.

  • I found this task difficult as I don't like to quantify or generalise.

  • Encouraging that our of the depths of despair people became proactive in rebuilding their shattered lives - with some assistance of course.

  • Liberation created further hardship for Jews. Rehabilitation was a slow and painful process.

  • After liberation of the camps, people didn't just live happily ever after - there were many challenges involved in getting on with their lives and reverting to some kind of normality .

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    A harrowing and disturbing week. So much tragedy and sorrow, yet with faintest tinge of home. Am Yisroel Cha!!

  • No matter how hard he tried to ignore the exercise book and its contents, the painful memories and physical feeling of the hunger remained with him always - the metaphorical tip of a giant iceberg of memory and pain.

  • Not sure where his anger is directed: God? The camp Commandant? The Nazis in general? The world at large?
    All he can do is dream of and hope for a "next meal".
    His message is very clearly conveyed, so simply and succinctly.

  • No matter how many times I get information about the camps and what happened there, it remains incomprehensible and harrowing. I KNOW it happened, but is is almost impossible to believe and definitely impossible to understand!

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  • I am overwhelmed at the horror of it all and find myself unable to comment.

  • As per my comment in 2.7

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    A direct contradiction in terms which exemplifies the fact that Jews in the Ghettos and camps tried to maintain some semblance of normality in their everyday lives in spite of the hopelessness of their plight.

  • Examples of unravelling: forgotten by all; poor broken family; sinking ship.
    Shakespeare said : "There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so". I guess good and evil are in the eye of the beholder.

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    A very moving and insightful account of life in the ghetto with the ultimate end very clear to the child

  • Very moving testaments of who historians who are REAL people

  • The ability to record this harrowing experience makes it possible for the generations that follow to gain an insight to the horror of it all.

  • The raw and heartfelt feelings expressed in poetry have left indelible impressions on my mind , both Holocaust and non-Holocaust related. There are far too many to mention. Poetry is an essential and significant part of literature .

  • Would like to get hold of some of these books but I am not sure how available they are. I will ask the Librarian at the Centre where I guide.

  • I think it is impossible, and futile, to try to assess the value of literature in any context either generally or the holocaust in particular.

  • I have already done this in the previous step.

  • For me the line "they think they know" conveys superbly the fact that no one can ever truly know and appreciate the horror of the actual experience of the brutality that was the holocaust. The second poem has blown me away and Wislowa Szymborska has captured for ever a moment of absolute horror with apparent simplicity but such depth of emotion. Finally Dan...

  • It is difficult to prioritise the quotes as they all are impactful though in subtlely different ways.
    I really love the image of the "redemptive handrail".

  • The Holocaust defies understanding and is even past belief. There have, sadly, been other genocides before and since but none of them approach the Holocaust in number and senselessness. However, all genocide is tragic and needless.

  • Initially I am sure the Jews did not believe what was happening and thought it would soon blow over, then this progressed to shock and horror as they realised the reality. Ironically as Jews moved to other countries in Europe, Nazism caught up with them with the German invasions and conquests.

  • Thanks for setting out so clearly the journey we are about to go on. I look forward to it with enthusiasm!

  • Some years ago I visited Yad Vashem in Tel Aviv. A moving and unforgettable experience.

  • My name is Noelyne and I am a volunteer guide at our Holocaust and Genocide Centre in Durban, South Africa. I am familiar with a lot of War Poetry, but nothing specifically Holocaust-focused. Have just completed Future Learn's course on Teaching the Holocaust and have done other courses and read widely on the subject. Look forward to learning more about this...

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    Thanks to all concerned for this enlightening and stimulating course. In spite of the distressing and heartbreaking nature of the subject matter it was good to be able to hold on to a few positives. Dr Bauer's closing words summed it up so very well.

  • I thought I knew a lot about the Holocaust but I have learned a great deal more. I am not a classroom teacher but a Guide in a Holocaust Museum and work within a limited time frame but have still acquired a great deal material to present and many avenues to explore, both for the benefit of the children I guide and for my own information and interest. Thanks...

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    A very disturbing story that reinforces the brutality of the Nazis and the involvement of "ordinary people" as such cruel and insensitive perpetrators.

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    How fortunate for Hilda that she was assisted in escaping from certain death to a new life, however difficult, in England.

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  • I am unable to download any of the lesson plans or transcript of Leon's discussion of the toy.