Gregory Wegner's Anti-Semitism and Schooling Under the Third Reich PDF

By Gregory Wegner

This booklet investigates the anti-Semitic foundations of Nazi curricula for basic colleges, with a spotlight at the matters of biology, historical past, and literature. Gregory Paul Wegner argues that any examine of Nazi society and its values needs to probe the schooling supplied through the regime. colleges, in line with Wegner, play an enormous position in advancing ideological justifications for mass homicide, and in legitimizing a tradition of ethnic and racial hatred. utilizing numerous fundamental resources, Wegner offers a brilliant account of the improvement of Nazi education.

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74 The Third Reich provided Rosenberg with a highly visible podium to extend his anti-Semitic thinking far beyond his earlier work in the Myth. As chief of the Foreign Office of the NSDAP, Rosenberg expounded on the Jewish question by raising fears about the Ostjuden, or Jews from the East. As did Hitler's ravings in Mein Kampf, Rosenberg warned about the devastating consequences for German culture posed by the migration of thousands of Jews from the East to the Reich. Condemning Zionism in the harshest of terms, he repeatedly associated Jews with the threat of international communism.

81 The educated, racially conscious person spurned the tradition of humanistic learning espoused earlier by Wilhelm von Humboldt whose reform ideas defined the purpose of the elite Gymnasium from the early nineteenth century onward. 83 The biological focus for schooling under the Third Reich, with origins already found in Mein Kampf, became official for teachers and school administrators through a curriculum policy directive circulated by the Ministry of Education and Science in September of 1933.

A multiplicity of government racial policies, far too numerous to examine in any detail here, are part of the historical context of schooling in Nazi society. On 1 April of that year, Jewish businesses were boycotted across Germany. Legislation from 25 April limited the percentage of non-Aryan students, now called foreigners, attending secondary schools leading to university studies. 5 percent of the student population. 43 Of even greater effect that same month was the promulgation of the Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service.

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