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By Gregory Wegner

This publication investigates the anti-Semitic foundations of Nazi curricula for effortless faculties, with a spotlight at the matters of biology, heritage, and literature. Gregory Paul Wegner argues that any research of Nazi society and its values needs to probe the schooling supplied through the regime. faculties, in line with Wegner, play a tremendous function in advancing ideological justifications for mass homicide, and in legitimizing a tradition of ethnic and racial hatred. utilizing various fundamental resources, Wegner presents a bright account of the improvement of Nazi education.

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ERNST DOBERS AND THE JEWISH QUESTION As a professor of genetics and racial science at the Teacher Training College at Elbing, Dobers quickly established a reputation as a leading educator on content and method regarding Jewish affairs. His book The Jewish Question: Subject Matter and Treatment in the School first appeared in 1936 and subsequently entered a third edition in 1939. In these pages are found familiar patterns of anti-Semitic thinking combining old economic stereotypes with scapegoating.

They also provided teachers and school administrators with a highly concentrated and easily accessible collection of anti-Semitic evidence on which to build lessons. Furthermore, in the eyes of many Nazi education authorities, many of those engaged in classroom instruction needed an ideological retooling. Working with the NSLB, many teachers found themselves engaged in coursework to expand their own knowledge base on racial science and anti-Semitic thinking. In the vanguard of this pedagogical effort was Ernst Dobers, an especially prolific author of race biology curriculum materials.

By 15 October 1941, the deportation of Reich Jews to the East was under way. Three days later, Himmler closed the gates of emigration. 59 ANTI-SEMITIC VOICES AND NAZI EDUCATION The Jewish experience considered thus far, and the Volkish thinking which supported racial anti-Semitism, collectively represent an important backdrop for the consideration of Nazi writings on the educated person. Hitler's Mein Kampf and Nazi racial laws provided an ideological framework for the integration of racial anti-Semitism into Nazi school curriculum.

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