New PDF release: Antifascism After Hitler: East German Youth and Socialist

By Catherine Plum

Antifascism After Hitler investigates the antifascist tales, reminiscence websites and early life reception that have been severe to the luck of political schooling in East German colleges and extracurricular actions. because the German Democratic Republic (GDR) promoted nationwide identification and socialist attention, of the main powerful old narratives to permeate early life schooling turned stories of communist resistors who fought opposed to fascism and the heroic deeds of the crimson military in international warfare II. those tales and iconic photographs illustrate the message that used to be provided to school-age young children and youngsters in phases as they complex via tuition and took part within the reputable communist early life firms and different actions.


This textual content can provide the 1st finished research of juvenile antifascism within the GDR, extending scholarship past the extent of the nation to think about the typical contributions of neighborhood associations and adolescence mentors accountable for conveying tales and commemorative practices to generations born in the course of WWII and after the defeat of fascism. whereas the govt sought to exploit educators and previous resistance warring parties as ideological surprise troops, it may possibly now not thoroughly dictate how those tales will be advised, with reminiscence intermediaries changing now and then the narrative and message. utilizing quite a few basic resources together with oral historical past interviews, the writer additionally assesses how scholars seen antifascism, with reactions starting from robust id to indifference and dissent. Antifascist schooling and commemoration have been by no means easily state-prescribed and weren't as "participation-less" as a few students and modern observers declare, at the same time educators fought a wasting conflict to keep up enthusiasm.

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