Education: The Moral Equivalent

In August 1932, five Nazi bully boys trampled a man to death in front of his mother. Up-&-coming Party Leader Adolf Hitler hailed the murderers as heroes. Next day Headmaster Kurt Hahn of Germany's Salem (pronounced Zah-lem) School (near Lake Constance) notified every graduate that the time had come to choose: "Break with Hitler or with Salem."

Many Germans thought it arrogant and pretentious of a schoolmaster to mention his little school and the big National Socialist movement in the same breath. Some knew that it was also dangerous. In March 1933, just 44...

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