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Advocacy for Holocaust Education in Late 1950s West Germany
October 15, 2020 @ 5:30 pm
In 1958 and 1959, a spate of neo-Nazi youth vandalism in West Germany (the Federal Republic of Germany) prompted a reckoning with the state’s education about the Nazi past. The vandalism was attributed to ignorance or improper instruction about the Nazi period. Suddenly, the Federal Republic was under intense pressure – both domestically and internationally – to examine what exactly youth were being taught about Nazism and the Holocaust. This presentation will examine how and why this campaign for educational change was successful and in particular will consider the role that domestic and international Jewish organizations played.
Presented by Daniela R. P. Weiner, Jim Joseph Postdoctoral Fellow in the Concentration in Education & Jewish Studies at Stanford University.
A question and answer session will follow the presentation.