Germany: 40% of students confuse the Third Reich and the GDR

German schoolchildren are experiencing problems with the knowledge of history and natural science, according to the results of a survey conducted by specialists of the Free University of Berlin. It is reported Euromag.

40% of respondents could not answer, than the Third Reich is different from the German Democratic Republic and the German Democratic Republic from Germany. Many believe that in all these systems the same with the modern principles of the rule of law. Barely half the students could say with certainty that the German National Socialism was a dictatorship, and the German Democratic Republic, only one third of the respondents identified as a dictatorial system. And only 60% were able to say that after the reunification of Germany — a democratic country, said Zelt.

Political scientist Klaus Schroeder called the results of the survey shocking. He regretted that today's teenagers and young people are no political knowledge. "They identify themselves with the Federal Republic of Germany, but have no idea what lies behind such concepts as freedom of speech and human rights," — he said.

In the poll, which was conducted from 2009 to 2012, involved more than 5,000 students the ninth and tenth grades from different federal states — Baden-Vyurtemburga, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia. The worst result showed students from North Rhine-Westphalia and Thuringia Saxons and residents have demonstrated relatively good knowledge.

Teenagers and young people whose parents come from the former East Germany, more positively evaluated during this period, because they know it from the stories of relatives who recall with pleasure the time of his youth.

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