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Bernhard Rust

SurnameRust
Given NameBernhard
Born30 Sep 1883
Died8 May 1945
CountryGermany
CategoryGovernment
GenderMale

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ww2dbaseBernhard Rust, a doctor in German philology and philosophy, became a high school teacher at Ratsgymnasium in his birth city of Hannover, Germany in 1908. He served in the army during WW1, reaching the rank of lieutenant and was awarded the Iron Cross medal. He joined the Nazi Party in 1922 and was later named the district leader of Hannover and Braunschweig. In 1930, he was elected to the Reichstag. In 1933, he was appointed the Minister for Cultural Affairs of Prussia. In 1934, he became the Minister of Science, Education and National Culture of Germany. In this role, he set out to Nazify the education system, which included distilling young minds of Nazi ideals, removing science and mathematics discovered by non-Aryans from school curricula, and removing Jews from educational establishments. His policies were at times criticized as bizarre, and he was also known for issuing, changing, and repealing policies within a relatively short periods of time. He was accused of playing a role in human experimentation on prisoners. He committed suicide at the end of the war.

ww2dbaseSources:
William Shirer, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
Wikipedia

Last Major Revision: Dec 2011

Bernhard Rust Timeline

30 Sep 1883 Bernhard Rust was born in Hannover, Germany.
30 Apr 1934 Bernhard Rust was named the Minister of Science, Education and National Culture (Reichserziehungsminister) of Germany.
1 Jun 1934 Bernhard Rust officially assumed his position as the Minister of Science, Education and National Culture (Reichserziehungsminister) of Germany.
8 May 1945 Bernhard Rust committed suicide.

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Heinrich Himmler, Ernst Röhm, Hermann Göring, and Bernhard Rust at the establishment of the Nazi Harzburger Front organization in the namesake town in Germany, 11 Oct 1931Portrait of Bernhard Rust, circa 1930s
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Heinrich Himmler, Ernst Röhm, Hermann Göring, and Bernhard Rust at the establishment of the Nazi Harzburger Front organization in the namesake town in Germany, 11 Oct 1931Portrait of Bernhard Rust, circa 1930s
See all 8 photographs of Bernhard Rust


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"With Germany arming at breakneck speed, England lost in a pacifist dream, France corrupt and torn by dissension, America remote and indifferent... do you not tremble for your children?"

Winston Churchill, 1935