from 1939 on the future of religious
education in schools
|i.||Directive No. 79/39|
12 April 1939
The removal of denominational schools
There are still in various parts of the country a number of denominational schools, such as those run by monks and nuns, and various boarding schools. Until recently, the higher education for girls in several Gaus was almost completely a matter for conventual schools or for the orders of nuns.
In recent years it has been possible through the co-operation of the Party, the Education Ministry, and the individual provincial school administrations to dissolve many of these schools run by monks and nuns, in cases where their compulsory take-over by the State did not seem necessary. In the East Mark [Austria] almost all of these institutions have disappeared.
The creation of an ideologically objective school system is one of the most important tasks of the Party and the State. In order to achieve this goal, the remains of denominational influence must be completely removed from our German education system wherever it still appears. Not for nothing have the political Catholics, above all, realized the importance of teaching the young and controlling their spiritual growth and character building. Even though the official responsibility for carrying out the necessary measures belongs to the State and its responsible authorities, the Party, of course, and its local branches, is called upon to be the champions of political renewal, to point out circumstances which can no longer be tolerated on political or ideological