The Third Wave

The Third Wave was a social experiment to warn of the attraction of fascist movements.

In April 1967, the history teacher Ron Jones conducted together with students and teachers at the Cubberley High School in Palo Alto by an experiment. This was triggered by statements in the class that behaviors of National Socialism " with us could not happen ."

The students were organized in the experiment as The Third Wave ( " The Third Wave " ), were assigned roles and limitations were subjected; Behavior standards have been adopted and strictly enforced. Originally, the experiment for the duration of one day was provided, but was five days.

Alarmed by the ease with which the students could be collect and manipulate, Jones broke the experiment abruptly by the enthusiastic supporters of the "third wave" a direct comparison with youth organizations in Nazi Germany vorführte in a school assembly.

1972, a short article by Jones was created under the title The Third Wave. Years later summed up his experience this in the book No Substitute for Madness: A Teacher together, His Kids, and the Lessons of Real Life. In 1981, for the U.S. television film The Wave. In the same year Morton Rhue processed the screenplay of the film to the novel. In 2000, a musical ( musical theater ) was listed as the name The Third Wave in Berlin and Potsdam with the consent of Margaret Jones Gutmann and Jens block joke.

2008 a film was released with the title The shaft under the direction of Dennis Gansel in theaters, based on the short story by Ron Jones, but the action moved to what was then Germany. For this film, a novel was published with the title The wave of the German author Kerstin winter. In the spring of 2008, the Canadian musical The Wave by Olaf Pyttlik, an emigrant Germans in Greiz in Thuringia was first played in German.