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Indoctrination in Nazi Germany
A description of how Jewish children started by sitting at separate desks from fellow students and ended, in 1942, by not being allowed any formal education at all. History books were re-written and children were taught about the glory of conquest. Maths books taught angles by plotting the paths of falling bombs, and other sums asked children to work out the amount of money that would be saved by getting rid of Germany's disabled population. Some children were so passionate about their beliefs that they even turned in their own parents – so strong was their conviction that the Fuhrer was restoring German pride.
Credits: Imperial War Museum, Chronos-Media GmbH,British Movietone
In small groups, students could look at a variety of text books – not only history but across their subjects. They should re-write a small section of it as if they were trying to indoctrinate our youth in the same way that the Nazis did. When this is complete, they should swop new versions with another group and see if they can decide what the text book originally said.
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