Towards a Post-Nazi Education: Administrators rebuild the German school system 1945-1949 Public Deposited

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  • Haeberlin, Andrew
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History
  • This dissertation examines the role played by German educational administrators in the states of Hesse and Thuringia immediately after World War II, both within the educational system and the wider context of the occupation government. This was a key transitional period in German history, one that stretched from the final agonies of Nazi Germany to the establishment of the two-state system that prevailed throughout the Cold War. These administrators, while not involved at the classroom level in the educational systems that they operated within, helped shape how that system would be reformed and what it would look like in the future. Furthermore, they filled a key role as intermediaries between the German public and the Allied Control Council and foreign military officers who were in ultimate control of the government and had their own, sometimes competing, visions for what German education after National Socialism should look like. Finally, the administrators and the bureaucratic posts that they occupied became politically contested sites in and of themselves, in large part due to the agency and influence that those positions entailed.
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  • Reid, Donald
  • Jarausch, Konrad Hugo
  • Hagemann, Karen
  • Browning, Christopher R.
  • Smith, Jay
  • Doctor of Philosophy
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2015
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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