World War II

This Jewish Teacher Outsmarted Hitler With Her Jewish School

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Leonore Goldschmidt was a Jewish teacher with eleven years of teaching experience when she was forced to leave her profession. In April 1933, a law in Nazi Germany was passed that stated any disliked public servant can be fired. A letter sent to Goldschmidt dismissed her from her job in compliance with this law. She immediately hatched a plan that would allow her to teach regardless. By law of the time, Jewish teachers were still allowed to teach up to five non-Aryan students at a time. Goldschmidt established a teaching collective of five fired teachers, and by 1935, 25 students were able to study at the Goldschmidt School. The Jewish Dr. Goldschmidt school received recognition by the that year and officially opened.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. In April 1933, a law in Nazi Germany was passed that stated any disliked public servant can be fired. 00:55

  2. By 1930s German law, Jewish teachers were still allowed to teach up to five non-Aryan students at a time. 02:04

  3. Leonore Goldschmidt opened a secret, private school for Jewish youth in Nazi Germany. 02:27

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