The Antifascist Classroom: Denazification In Soviet-occupied Germany, 1945–1949
The Antifascist Classroom: Denazification in Soviet-occupied Germany, 1945–1949
This study explores the history of the New School that developed in the postwar period and its role in communicating antifascism to young people in the Soviet zone. Blessing traces how the decisions about how to educate young people after the National Socialist dictatorship became part of a broader discussion about the future of the German nation.
'Blessing has written a thoroughly researched, well-argued, and absorbing book on a subject of enormous significance to our understanding of the origins and early development of communist East Germany. For anyone interested in how the 'antifascist classroom' shaped this process, it is essential reading.' - The American Historical Review
'his book, dealing with the attempts of East German pedagogues to create in the Soviet-occupied zone of Germany an antifascist democratic 'unity school' . . . does far more than report on these efforts. It touches on one of mankind's most troubling conundrums: how people of good will are persuaded or persuade themselves to persist in their idealistic endeavors even when they have come to know that their work has become part of a pernicious state apparatus or is put to use...