Taken, excluded and forgotten: The History of forced germanization (#TEF)

course duration:01.03.21

What is Forced Germanization; Zwangsgermanisierung; II. WK; Second World War; Historisch-politische Bildung; Geschichtsbewusstsein; Historisch-Politisches Bewusstsein; Identität; Polnisch-Deutsche Geschichte; Nationalsozialismus; Geraubte Kinder; Exklusion; Historische Biographien about?

The MOOC is dealing with a historical topic that has received little attention for a long time: The ‘forced Germanization’ of children during World War II. Thousands of children were deported by the Nazis from the territories they occupied - especially Poland - to Nazi Germany. The course is an offer to deal with this ‘forgotten’ topic. It geographically focusses on Poland and Germany.

What do you learn in this course?

The course is designed for students of the humanities and social sciences, especially for future teachers. However, it is also open to everybody at any time.

Main Goals are:

- Imparting knowledge about the "forgotten" topic

- Promotion of a critical-reflective historical consciousness

- Raising awareness of forms of social exclusion in contemporary European societies in connection with identity

How is the course structured?

The MOOC is divided into 3 modules in addition to an introduction and a concluding chapter:

  1. the "forced Germanization" during the Second World War
  2. social and political handling of the topic in the post-war period in Poland and Germany
  3. social exclusion and identity in contemporary European societies

Each module is divided into lessons. Some of the lessons offer exercises. Exercises can be recognized by the blue symbol with the mouse. The course is structured chronologically. However, the user does not have to follow this structure. All chapters and lessons are available from the beginning.


Institut für Didaktik der Demokratie (Leibniz Universität Hannover)Academia Humanistyczno-Ekonomiczna w Łodzi (AHE)