Education: The Playground

For the 875 students of the war-ravaged high school on Hamburg's grey Thedestrasse, the prospect of ever getting a proper place to play seemed just about hopeless. Then, one day in 1950, Teacher Walter Pareik spotted an ad in a local paper: a certain farmer was offering to pay 2.20 Deutsche Marks (52¢) for no Ibs. of potato peels for hog feed. If one farmer was willing to spend that kind of money, reasoned Teacher Pareik, why not others? Perhaps the Thedestrasse high school should go into business.

Since then, every student at the school has been involved in Aktion Kartoffel-schale (Operation...

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