Nazi Minister of Science Education Bernhard Rust Commits Suicide

Nazi Minister of Science Education Bernhard Rust Commits Suicide

Bernhard Rust
Source: Deutsches Bundnesarchiv

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Bernhard Rust, former Reich Minister of Science, Education and National Culture, commits suicide when he hears that Nazi Germany has surrendered to the Allies.

Bernhard Rust joined the Nazi Party in 1922, making him one of the earliest members. After the Nazis took power in 1933, he became responsible for making Germany's educational system conform to Nazi ideals and says, "The whole function of education is to create Nazis."

One of Rust's earliest decrees is a 1933 rule requiring students and teachers to greet one another with the Nazi salute "as a symbol of the new Germany."

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