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GSBC - German School Books Collection
German School Books Collection
The collection consists of school manuals published in Germany between 1920-1944.
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The Collection was created artificially from Special Collection holdings in 2014.
The Collection was catalogued as the German School Books Collection in 2014. The Collection is developed by purchase and donation.
The primary focus of the collection is on school books and accompanying learning materials published during the years of National Socialist government in Germany. The collection also includes twelve school books published earlier, between 1920 and 1932. It contains school books for all tiers of education: elementary school and lower secondary school (Volksschule/Hauptschule), secondary school (Mittelschule), high school (Oberschule) as well as vocational schools (Berufsschule and Wirtschaftsschule). Divided by learning stages, the collection has the following numbers of dedicated manuals: thirty-three for primary and lower secondary schools, six for secondary school, six for high schools and three for vocational schools.
Divided by subjects, there are fifteen reading manuals (Lesebücher) and sixteen mathematics manuals (Rechenbücher) as well as manuals for geography, history including an atlas, biology, Latin, English, business management etc. There are a number manuals which introduce the National Socialist ideology such as Rassenkunde and four books for young people (Jugendbücher), published specifically to be used in teaching, and covering subjects such as Bolshevism and the World War 1914-1918.
Divided by gender, five books are aimed specifically at girls and five at boys. A significant example of these is a book dedicated to German mothers “Das Mütterbüchlein : den deutschen Müttern gewidmet” edited by Heinrich Burhenne (1938) and a book titled “Heritage and Mission” for boys, “Erbe und Auftrag : deutsches Lesebuch für Jungen” edited by von Paul Habermann, Arthur Laudien and Rudolf Tobler (1939/1943).
Printed Book Collections
The collection is arranged according to the Library of Congress classification.
Germany -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945
World War, 1939-1945
Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in writing on our Permission to Publish form (see the Reprographics Services part of our website or email email@example.com)
Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.
Varies, some good, some fragile bindings.
British Military Government Berlin Collection (BMGB), INGASA Collection (ING), Third Reich Collection (TRC)
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