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Nazi Elite-School Exchange Programmes with British Public Schools during the 1930s

17th March 2020, 17:45 to 19:00, Gala Theatre Durham

Speaker: Dr Helen Roche
Between 1934 and 1939, pupils from the National Political Education Institutes (aka Napolas), the most prominent type of Nazi elite school, engaged in exchanges with boys from British public schools, including Harrow, Rugby, Westminster, and Winchester. The Napola pupils were supposed to act as ‘cultural ambassadors’ for the Third Reich. Using contemporary documentary evidence and eyewitness testimonies from former pupils on both sides of the Anglo-German divide, this lecture will explore the changing attitudes of participating English and German boys during this period.

Tickets are free but booking is recommended; please contact the Gala Theatre on 03000 266 600 or visit Please note a small number of tickets will be available at the venue on the night of the event.

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