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German Teens Unsure if Hitler Was a Dictator

A recent study in Berlin shows that teens were not sure if the Nazi regime was a dictatorship

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: June 28th, 2012 in Culture » Society » News

German Teens Unsure if Hitler Was a Dictator

A recent study conducted by researchers at Berlin’s Free University surveyed 7,500 students around the age of 15, asking about the country’s’ previous governing bodies.

The results were surprisingly. Almost half of the German teens could not state for certain whether or not the Nazi regime was a dictatorship, reported German news site The Local.

The study also found that a third knew the former East Germany was a dictatorship.

“This is shocking” said Klaus Schroder, the study’s leader.

“The low estimation of historical knowledge is clearly having an effect.”

According to the results, the students with the most historical and political knowledge hailed from the former eastern states of Thuringia and Saxony Anhalt, while those with the least knowledge (not aware of the difference between dictatorship and democracy) were from the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

To read more about the study, click here.
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