History of the Berlin Wall is lost on some German students

11/10/2009 | Christian Science Monitor, The

As Germany marks 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, some say that the country's students know little about the history of the German Democratic Republic, or East Germany. Some say it will take time for GDR history to be properly integrated into school curriculum. "That young people don't know when the wall was built, or who [GDR leader] Erich Honecker was isn't what matters," one expert says. "What matters is to develop an interest in, a taste for history -- what a dictatorship, what democracy, means, how democracy can be threatened".

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