Minutes; correspondence, administrative and policy files; bulletins, reports and memoranda; files on conferences, meetings and group visits; material relating to a wide range of other organisations; and press cuttings and collected publications.
Records of German Educational Reconstruction
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 366 GER
- Dates of Creation1943-1958
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description41 boxes
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
German Educational Reconstruction (GER) was a voluntary organisation founded in London in 1943
with the aim of helping German refugee educationists to prepare for their post-war return to Germany.
The main consideration was the restructuring of the German school system on 'democratic principles'.
After the War the emphasis shifted toward promoting Anglo-German relations by acting as an information
bureau and means of communication and exchange between British and German educationists. GER
undertook a wide variety of activities, including organising conferences, lectures, and study groups;
co-operating with other voluntary bodies; arranging visits and youth work; publishing and distributing memoranda,
pamphlets and textbooks. Several prominent figures were associated with GER, including Eleanor Rathbone,
Sir Ernest Barker, Karl Mannheim, Fritz Borinski, S.H. Wood, Erich Hirsch and Fritz Burchardt. It was wound up in 1958.
In 1973 the SSRC awarded a grant to Dr Arthur Hearnden of the Department of Comparative Education at the Institute of Education to catalogue and undertake research into the collection. The reorganisation of the collection was carried out by Miss L.J. Anderson, Research Assistant in the Department of Comparative Education. The work was completed in 1977.
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