We discuss why Professor Byford is fascinated with East Germany and why he wanted to write a teacher’s guide to East Germany. Plenty of topics about life in the GDR are discussed in the episode. Following the interview, host Shane Whaley reads out two class exercises so you can get a feel for the assignments that are included in the book.
Professor Byford shares more with us about his research, his favorite books about East Germany and asks for your help with his research on the FDJ.
Professor Byford is currently interviewing members of the FDJ for research. Were you a member of the FDJ? Professor Byford can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org
More about Behind the Iron Curtain – A Teachers Guide to East Germany.
Behind the Iron Curtain: A Teacher’s Guide to East Germany and Cold War Activities discusses teaching Cold War activities through an East German perspective.
The book is comprised of eight chapters that examine various pedagogical approaches and historical background associated with East Germany’s role throughout the Cold War.
Topics in this book include multiple methods of differentiated instruction, the beginnings of East Germany, the creation of the Ministry for State Security, the Berlin Wall, youth and education, a planned economy, life and society of East Germans, and the events that led to the fall of communism.
“The heart of this book includes eighteen lessons associated with life behind the Iron Curtain.”Jeffrey Byford.
Links and Resources Mentioned on Episode 19 of the Radio GDR podcast.
- Behind The Iron Curtain – A Teachers Guide to East Germany.
- Professor Jeffrey Byford Biography
- Professor Byford Recommended Books about the GDR.
- The DDR Museum
- Radio GDR Podcast Interview With the Director of the DDR Museum Gordon von Godin.
- Alltag der DDR
- Checkpoint Charlie Museum
- German Russian Museum
- Stasi Prison at Hohenschonhausen
- The East German Apartment Museum
- Journey Through The Land of Eloquent Silence – East Germany Revisited. Joseph Wechsberg.
- Burning Down The Haus – Tim Mohr