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Cook, Alice Hanson / Workers' education in the U.S. Zone of Germany
(1947)

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The unions have a daily newspaper and a specialist in radio.
Teaching outlines have been prepared and printed for general distribution-
ont Trade Unions and Protective Legislation, Youth and Works Cruncis; the
itorks Council Law; Works Council Elections; Trade Unions and Ycu Vt; Tase1s
of
the W'orks Councillor; Trade Unions and Social Legislation; Equal Pay fox
E4cual
Work; Hints for Speakers and Discussion Leaders; Industrial Social 'aork
with
Severely Crippled Yorkers, etc.
Two trade union schools, at derlsee and at Buch, serve the Berlin unions.
The former .EDGE3 school at Bernau has been reopened as a school for the
whole
East Zone and is used by the Berlin unions too. The East Zone has 12 other
trade union schools.
2. Volkshochschulen
The unions work closely with the Berlin Volkshochschulen by recruiting
their members for special economics and social problems courses. Tihe t:.-de
unions are one of the affiliated organizations in each district executive
committee of the Volkshochschule, They are however planning as soon as they
are
able to do so to set up their own Volkshochschule.
Individual school directors in the American Sector report that their
courses in social problems had so few registrations that they were unable
to
hold them, and that a plan is now being worked out by which the central office
for Berlin Volkshochschulen will hold certain courses in central locations
which will welcome students from all over the city.
3. Universities
The trade unions recognize their chief task as that of preparing for
socialization of industry and the authorities of the East Zone and of Berlin
have used every means to open the universities and technical schools to the
sons and daughters of workers so that the technical skill for administration
and direction of German industry will be available. In this connection they
feel that the next five years are the critical years and that the unions
and
the technicians must be ready within that time to take on this new respons-
ibility.
4,        U.LXIN
1. By and large, labor education work in Germany today lacks plan. No one
is in charge of union educational work in any Land in the .American Zone.
By
contrast, Rathlov of Hamburg has been appointed to head up education work
for the British Zone unions, and the Hamburg unions have an education director.
This, of course, is not the solo explanation for the more effective trade
ulion educational work in Hamburg, but it has a great deal to do with ito
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