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Dr. David Pizzo

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Warren Edminster

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During the rebuilding of West Germany after World War II, the education system experienced rapid changes due to denazification. Under Allied occupation, Nazi influence in every aspect of society was to be eliminated. The initial phases of denazification took place in a setting of mass chaos; many German schools had been destroyed during the war, textbooks approved by Nazis were completely unacceptable for use in the postwar era, and teachers who had not belonged to the Nazi Party were few and far between. Despite this myriad of challenges, the schools of West Germany rebounded and began to thrive in the decades after World War II. Teacher training improved, and many new forms of curriculum were introduced to improve the education of German students. Though the Allies saw denazification as a failure in the immediate postwar era, denazification experienced a success story as West Germany continued to develop into a major power in Europe.

Location

Barkley Room, Curris Center

Start Date

18-4-2016 10:00 AM

End Date

18-4-2016 11:30 AM

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Honors Thesis

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Apr 18th, 10:00 AM Apr 18th, 11:30 AM

The Effects of Denazification on Education in West Germany

Barkley Room, Curris Center

During the rebuilding of West Germany after World War II, the education system experienced rapid changes due to denazification. Under Allied occupation, Nazi influence in every aspect of society was to be eliminated. The initial phases of denazification took place in a setting of mass chaos; many German schools had been destroyed during the war, textbooks approved by Nazis were completely unacceptable for use in the postwar era, and teachers who had not belonged to the Nazi Party were few and far between. Despite this myriad of challenges, the schools of West Germany rebounded and began to thrive in the decades after World War II. Teacher training improved, and many new forms of curriculum were introduced to improve the education of German students. Though the Allies saw denazification as a failure in the immediate postwar era, denazification experienced a success story as West Germany continued to develop into a major power in Europe.

 

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