Reich Ministry of Science, Education and Culture

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The Reich Ministry of Science, Education and Culture (German: Reichsministerium für Wissenschaft, Erziehung und Volksbildung, also unofficially known as the "Reich Education Ministry" (German: Reichserziehungsministerium), or "REM") existed from 1934 until 1945 under the leadership of Bernhard Rust and was responsible for unifying the education system of Nazi Germany and aligning it with the goals of Nazi leadership.


The REM was the successor to the former Preußisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Kunst und Volksbildung (Prussian Ministry of Science, Art and Culture), creating for the first time in Germany a centralized and hierarchical institution in control of the Reich’s education sector. In 1934, the REM took over from the Reichsinnenministerium (Reich Ministry) the supervision of colleges and universities in Germany, as well as research institutions like the Physikalisch-Technische Reichsanstalt (abbreviated PTR; translation: Reich Physical and Technical Institute.); today, the PTR is known as the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt.[1]


From 1 June 1934, the REM Minister was Bernhard Rust, who also assumed on this date the administration of the culture division of the RIM.[1]

Heads of the REM Amt für Wissenschaft (Science Office):[1]


  • Hentschel, Klaus, editor and Ann M. Hentschel, editorial assistant and Translator Physics and National Socialism: An Anthology of Primary Sources (Birkhäuser, 1996)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Hentschel, 1996, Appendix B