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Four out of ten pupils do not know what Auschwitz is

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Only 59 per cent of German pupils aged 14 and over know that Auschwitz-Birkenau was a concentration camp of Nazis. Four out of ten students do not know name. This is result of a survey conducted by Körber Foundation in Hamburg, which was published on Thursday.

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According to this, 95 per cent of Germans find it very important or important that students have history lessons in school. Most people would like to have a lesson that allows m to critically assess content (93 percent) and teach ir lessons (92 percent). Representatives were surveyed by 1009 German citizens aged 14 and over, as well as 502 pupils.

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Three quarters of students surveyed (75 per cent) believe that interest of ir classmates in history is generally not so great or rar low. Asked about ir own interest, a more positive picture emerges: more than half (56 per cent) claim to be interested in mselves or rar for history.

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"Young people can be enthusiastic about history when it comes to m and ir lives," says Sven Tetzlaff, head of Körber Foundation's education department. History teaching refore has to make this transfer – especially since history is "indispensable for understanding of present".

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The quality of ir own history lessons is appreciated by students surveyed. Three quarters (75 per cent) say that content was presented in a clear, comprehensible way. Two-thirds each stated that interesting and varied subjects were being dealt with in ir classes (69 per cent), and that ir history teacher could interest m in topics covered (66 per cent).

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Two-thirds of students used digital media (65 percent) or interactive learning forms such as project work (59 percent) in past history lessons.

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