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Diaries of Leonore Alt

Additional biographical information on Robert Altand and deeper insight into the mentality and conditions of life in the 1930s and 1940s of an intellectual German woman.

Project Description

Robert Alt (1905-1978) is regarded as one of the founders of the so-called GDR pedagogy and as a founder of educational history in the Soviet zone/GDR. His 100th birthday rekindled a research interest in his life and work. In particular, deficits became known regarding his work and life, his biography has also been subject to mystification. Little was known about his fate during the period of National Socialism.

An investigation of Alt’s legacy in the archives of the Library for the History of Education revealed the diaries of his wife Leonore. These seem apt not only to completing our biographical knowledge of Robert Alt himself, but most of all they provide a deeper insight into the mentality and conditions of life in the 1930s and 1940s  of an intellectual German woman, who – as a so-called half-Jew - was affected by the racist policies of the National Socialist regime in a particular way. The Alt family owns further diaries by Leonore Alt. The project for the book edition exclusively refers to the diary covering the years 1938 to 1945.

Project management

Ulrich Wiegmann

Project details

State:
Completed projects
Funding:
DIPF
Department: Research Library for the History of Education
last modified Jan 28, 2016