Education: The Russian Way

In the U.S. and British zones of occupied Germany, Germans had little say in the reopening of their schools. Allied occupation officers did it all: organizing courses, screening teachers, printing new books and destroying the old.

Last week the Russians went at it differently. Marshal Georgi Zhukov summarily ordered the Germans themselves to open all schools (except universities) in the Soviet zone by October 1. German officials were "warned" to prepare buildings and books in time. All private schools were told to become public ones. The German zone administrator was given two days to submit a list of courses and books...

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