„Auch aus Steinen, die einem in den Weg gelegt werden, kann man Schönes bauen.“ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
„Auch aus Steinen, die einem in den Weg gelegt werden, kann man Schönes bauen.“Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 


Diese Geschichten können starke Emotionen und Störungen bei Teilnehmern auslösen. Sie sollten nur von Lehrpersonen benutzt werden, die entsprechend ausgebildet sind.
Lehrpersonen sollten sie nur als Anregung und zu Übungszwecken benutzen, aber für den regulären Unterricht eigene, für die Zielgruppe und den Lehrplan passende Geschichten selbst entwickeln. Gute (‚edukative’) Dilemmageschichten benötigen oft mehrere Überarbeitungen.

Diese Dilemma-Geschichten bzw. Übersetzungen dienen nur zur Information für ausländische Schüler und erheben keinen Anspruch darauf,

perfekte edukative Dilemmas zu sein.


These stories of dilemmas respectively translations serve as information for foreign students only. They do not claim to be perfect educative dilemmas.


Martina Reinicke

Judge Steinberg

Eberhardt Steinberg has to make a decision. He is judge at the supreme court.

The national secret service has proofs: a terrorist organisation plans a bomb attack within the next days. Hundreds of people are supposed to die.

This terrorist organisation is feared because of their brutality.

The secret service reports him that a woman was arrested.

 She apparently is one of the leaders and she was involved at the planning of the attempt.

The woman was interrogated for a long time. But she denied the statement.

It's feared that the bomb attack could take place at any time.

Something has to happen quickly.

In order to make the woman talk, judge Steinberg is asked to allow using torture.

Eberhardt Steinberg hesitates….

Finally he makes a decision: the secret service is allowed to torture the suspect.


© Prof. Lind; translation: M.Reinicke (2015)


Mary is thirty years old and pregnant. She looks forward to her baby.

Mary is in the eleventh week of pregnancy. Two years ago she had a miscarriage.

She is glad that it worked out again. Today she must consult the doctor.

In ultrasonic screening everything looks quite good. The doctor says that the blood levels are bad. It is very probable that the child will suffer from Down syndrome.

Mary is desperate. She does not have much time left.

‘What am I to do now?’, she thinks.

Then she decides to end her pregnancy.


© M.Reinicke (2015)

Stevens decision

Steven is the care-giver for his family. His wife is pregnant and they have a little daughter.

Steven has to make an important decision. His nephew is very ill. His kidneys do not work anymore. The doctors can safe him only with a transplantation of a kidney from a relative.

The doctor asked Steven if he would donate a kidney.

Steven must sign the agreement as soon as possible.

Steven hesitates.

Finally he decides against donating his kidney.


© M.Reinicke & Prof.Dr.Georg Lind (2015)


Lena is stressed

Lena doesn’t know what to do.

She is geriatric nursing trainee and has to prepare the exam.

She also works in a nursing home.
There is too few staff and so she often has to work overtime.

Therefore she cannot prepare her exam properly.

Mrs. Werner is the worst resident.

She is an old lady, who has been allocated to Lena, because no one wanted to tale care of her. She also has no relatives.

Today, she simply swept the dinner off the table again and the soup on her bed.

Hence Lena will miss her train and she will come home too late.

Tomorrow will be her exam.

'What am I supposed to do?' she thinks. She begins to cry.'

Why Mrs. Werner doesn't stop?!

Maybe I sould leave her in her flith this time- as a punishment!' she thinks.

'Till tomorrow. Nobody will come.'

Lena thinks about this situation for a long time.

She briefly looks after Mrs. Werner and leaves quickly.

© Prof. Lind; translation: M.Reinicke (2015)


These stories can trigger powerful emotions and disturbances of the participants. Therefore these stories should only be used by certified KMDD-Teachers or KMDD-Trainees for initiation and exercise purposes. Concerning regular classes please use different stories that fit to your curriculum and your target groups. Educational dilemmas, which are supposed to be good stories, often require several iterations.

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