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German Teachers Instructed to Teach Anti-nazism in Public Schools

August 7, 1962
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The Ministries of Education of all German states today instructed all history teachers and history textbook writers to explain to public school students the history of the Nazi era as an element of democracy’s struggle against totalitarianism.

The state ministries, which have jurisdiction over education in their provinces, had agreed on these instructions earlier, and the new regulations came formally into force today when they were published in the Government’s Official Gazette.

Under the new instructions, not only will Nazism be presented to students as a form of totalitarianism, but resistance movements will also be explained as part of history. “Glorification of war and totalitarianism” will be forbidden in the public schools.

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