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  1. These laws are no legacy of the occupation era, they were passed by the German Bundestag and tested and confirmed by the German Supreme Court without any interference of the occupational powers. The debate about repealing laws concerning e.g. the display of Nazi symbols actually was started by our attorney general. I do believe our system is a democratic one, but then - I agree - I am biased because I am German and maybe I have never noticed that I did not have to right to freedom of speech or that other human rights had a higher priority.
  2. There is a debate going on in Germany about laws referring to the denial of the Holocuast and the trails were covered by the German media (left and right). If a teacher joined the forum arguing for the end of these laws s/he would face no problems whatsoever. For me, personally, it is more important to talk about the Holocaust, the mechanism, ideology and propaganda behind it than about e.g. the Irving trial(s). All those who were arrested and sentenced knew they were breaking laws and living in a democracy all of them should have known how laws are made or better existing ones are changed
  3. Hi Sid, how about pondering this quotation: " The technique of infamy is to start two lies at once. and set people arguing which one is true" a bit and then taking it seriously for a change? I sometimes watch German TV and especially the newsreports and there were lengthy reports about all the trials mentioned in Irving's text. Happ Easter
  4. I completely agree with Andy. There is a large number of publications which analyse what might be called "positive" traits of the Nazi regime e.g. the anlaysis of programmes like "Kraft durch Freude", the documentation of a policy to maintain and secure the social security net (Tim Mason). The post-war FRG prided itself as a society being on its way to something like a class-less society because the middle-classes formed the largest segment of society; this is true insofar as political propaganda and ideology (even the statements of the Socialdemocrats [see the programme of 1959] and the trade
  5. Marvellous material. Thank you. I will use it once I have begun teaching that period of time.
  6. Complete agreement with Mike and one of the main reasons for me not to participate in the debates as frequently as I used to. The topic of the thread is a very interesting one and much can be said about it and quite a lot of research has been done concerning the topic in Germany. But I think expertise or results of scientific resreach are not really wanted here. It is sad to see how this forum, which began as an Education Forum, has deteriorated.
  7. I really do not know which thread to pick up. What really infuriates me are the comments about the Greens. I suppose the postings are based on either complete ignorance or prejudice. Mistakes have been made in the Ukraine and maybe in other places and their is a parliamentary committee lokking into that; by the way the origins of the mistakes made go back to the early 1990's when Helmut Kohl was Bundeskanzler. I think that there definitely will be no coalition including the left party and even though quite a large section of the German people demonstrated against the reforms initiated by th
  8. I think a or the Forum should be part of our discussion in Worthing, but let me give you an example to show the problems I have with the existing forum. The thread "Do we live in a democracy" is a very interesting one and if I had more time I really would enjoy joining the debate, but when I go into my year 9 class tomorrow - and that will be their first politics/citizenship lesson in their school life - this question might be a good starting point but most of the different postings are not really helpful for me or my class. My aim in class is not only to explain the basic principles of de
  9. The problem I see is that only a few of those who want to participate in the project will be in Worthing. This makes it difficult to find out and decide who will be working on different possible ideas. David's suggestion might be an idea of how to involve those who cannot attend the intial meeting in Worthing. The main aim of the meeting in Worthing for me is that we develop a clear timetable and plan of what we want to do in the following three years. One of the first steps I think will be to collect and compile the citizenship projects, lesson plans, guidelines etc. which have already bee
  10. OK but only if we also toast to Henry VIII and Anne of Cleve
  11. Sorry, John, but I spent the last three weeks in Austria and before I went on holiday I had not yet received any confirmation or information from the agencies involved in Germany.
  12. Arrival at Heathrow : Friday, 10:35 Arrival in Worthing: 14:32 or 15:07 Departure from Heathrow: Sunday, 17:15
  13. 90% good news from Germany. The only thing the Lower Saxony and national German agency still needs is some information about the costs of the visit. I was away on holiday but tomorrow I will got to a travel agent's and then pass on the information about the cost to my agency. The Lower Saxony agency informed me that they are very keen on supporting the project.
  14. Without David Richardson and Mario Tosti who are representatives of two institutions which unquestionably are involved in training teachers the whole project will be at a stake once again. According to the German agency there must be at least three institutions which are involved in training teachers, otherwise the EU will not accept the project and the German agency will not fund my participation.
  15. Fining demographic information about Germany in the 16th century might be rather difficult. One main source are the lists of christenings and deaths which were kept in and by the churche and monasteries. The 16th century was a rather tumultuous century with the Reformation, and the Peasant's War during which many church documents were destroyed. Another aspect which makes studying German history so difficult is that even though there was the Holy Roman Empire Germany was divided into many different parts governed by more or less independent dukes and princes and of course each part had its ow
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