The Soviet Union Versus National-Socialist Germany: Viewpoints from a Democracy

"Neues Europa"

By Daniel D. Desjardins
Published: 1999-08-24

Source:http://codoh.com/library/document/709/

As an alumnus of Williston Northampton School, one of our nation’s finer prepatory schools, I am struck by comparison of two course descriptions in its 1997-1998 course of studies brochure regarding “Russian History” and “Hitler and Nazi Germany.”

The description for the semester course on Russian history reads:

The transformation of Russia into the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the rise of that political entity to the first rank of world powers…

The description for the semester course on Hitler and National-Socialist Germany reads:[1]

This comprehensive study of the personality, deeds, and impact on Europe of Adolf Hitler, examines man and World War II, covers the Holocaust in detail, and considers values and attitudes that are important for the present as well as critical for understanding the past.

The first thing that occurs to me as I compare these…

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