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Defeating the Totalitarian Lie: A Former Hitler Youth Warns America Paperback – October 29, 2008

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Editorial Reviews


You are in a unique position to illuminate the mindset that allowed Hitler to rationolize the extermination of millions of Jews – given your personal travails during that tragic era. Americans would do well to heed your insights into similar dangers facing the today’s world.

Dr. James Dobson
Founder and Chairman of Focus on the Family

Hilmar von Campe has led a life which epitomizes Christ’s message of salvation of sin. The reader (of your book How was it Possible?) will be profoundly inspired and educated by Hilmar’s eloquent account of his journey from one complicit in evil to a man who has become a Christian exemplar par excellence.

Howard Phillips
Twice a presidential candidate
Chairman of the Conservative Caucus

Free societies survive by self-correction and the unceasing search for truth. Hilmar von Campe’s life story exemplifies that ethic of honesty, from his early years in the Hitler Youth to his impassioned witness as an American patriot today. You will treasure this book.

John Andrews
Former President, Colorado Senate
Host, Backbone Radio

I was tremendously impressed with the main theme of the story and of course I openly cried, as I read about the suffering that your dad had to endure….I applaud you as a practicing catholic, for your emphasis on the importance of keeping his commandments. I marvel at your insightfulness in targetig the ACLU as a destructive organizationand that we better sit up and take notice.

Albert Chestone
FBI agent (ret.)

The story is dynamite with explosive potential to shape the moral composition of America and awaken its atrophied national conscience. Your personal saga is intensely dramatic and deeply human evoking a torrid melting pot of emotions and sparking countless morally rich ideas through your candor in sharing your failures, tragedies and triumphs. The transposing of the impact a nation’s morality and attitude toward God has upon its destiny with your inside story of Hitler’s rise and fall as a German citizen, along with your insights into the shrouded portions of the War’s history is huge. It is a very powerful way to communicate truth and holds much promise. I think it has tremendous marketability, and incredible potential to shape the thinking of your readers.

Rick Kern

About the Author

Hilmar von Campe is a graduate of the University of Hamburg. He was listed in the 1992 "International Who’s Who of Intellectuals." He is the author of four books, and WW2 veteran in the German Army as well as a former prisoner of war in Yugoslavia who staged a daring escape in 1945, crossing seven borders to freedom.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: HighWay (October 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981509193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981509198
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,449,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hilmar von Campe was seven years old when Hitler took over Germany. "The main preoccupation of my parents during the Nazi years was to save us children from Nazi indoctrination" says Hilmar. At 10 years old, like every other child, he was required by law to enter the Hitler Youth, and at 18 he was conscripted into the army. He was a gunner in a tank in the Yugoslavian theatre fighting the Soviet army, became a prisoner of war of the Communist Tito government in 1945, and in the same year staged a sensational escape crossing seven borders by following the North Star by night and hiding in bushes by day. The destruction of Germany, the loss of his father in a Soviet concentration camp, the death of his elder brother in the war with the Soviet Union, and the expulsion from their home in Eastern Europe, had a profound impact on von Campe. His reports about the Nazi years and the war are a lesson of history as he brings facts unknown to most Americans.

As a student of economics at the University of Hamburg, he had to come to grips with the question, "How could this happen?" and reflects upon his own moral responsibilities for the atrocities of a godless government. He discovered that the Nazi system was built on lies and contempt of human life and that his link, as well as that of millions of Germans to the Nazis, was the lie. "I lied for personal gains and they lied for political power. But a lie is a lie," he stated. "The bystander is as responsible as the criminal."

"All materialistic totalitarian ideologies, the Nazis, the Communists, and the radical Islamists are based on lies and hatred," von Campe maintains. "They have a common source." His comparisons of the National Socialist ideology and society with the other ideologies and modern society are unique.
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I lived in West Germany for 8 years before the fall of the Berlin Wall and spoke with Germans who had experienced Hitler first hand. Hilmar von Campe's story and explanation for what happened sounds remarkably like theirs. Some people would like to say that this book is warning of the perils of unbridled Democratic Party power; others of unchecked Republican Party exploits. Campe, like those German citizens I knew, argue otherwise. They would say -- look in the mirror. The Bible says (and I'm paraphrasing here) that people get the leaders they deserve. If George Bush bothers you -- look in the mirror. If Barrack Obama bothers you -- look in the mirror. Campe's central premise is that the collapse in moral standards has set the stage for the rise of National Socialism (NAZI) / Communism / Liberal Fascism, (or some other brand of radical socialism)in the United States. If you didn't get that when you read the book, then re-read it with an open mind. The past 20 years of national politics have seen ever greater abuses of power, a more and more dumbed down electorate, elections based increasingly on cult and not substance, and a progressive collapse of morality. This goes beyond political parties; beyond the Republicrats we are force fed every four years; to the heart of what is ailing America and how to get back on track. This book represents hard core analysis from an insider who lived it; not theoretical intellectual hype. Get the book. Read it. And THINK.
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"Defeating The Totalitarian Lie: A Hitler Youth Warns America" by Hilmar Von Campe is a sobering look at the bleakness of life and culture of death within Nazi Germany and shines like a torch as bright and as threatening as the one Paul Revere once saw.

Hilmar Von Campe wrote "How Was It Possible?" in 2006. In his book, he wanted to explain why Germany allowed a madman like Adolph Hitler to rise to power and to persecute the Jews.

However, since the publication of that book, Hilmar felt that current events demanded that he expand on his work. From his life experiences, the author understood the frightening correlation between Nazi Germany and the erosion of freedom in the United States. So, his new book is a look back at the extreme socialist agenda in Germany (taken from "How Was It Possible?") and a look forward at the increasing extreme socialist agenda in the United States.

Hilmar grew up in Germany during this tumultuous period under the shadow of Adolph Hitler. Subsequently, he was forced into the Hitler Youth organization at an early age. Meetings were usually twice a week and the youth had to sing Nazi propaganda songs. He saw within his family a split in ideology, between pro- and anti-Nazi, that became so hateful that conversation was avoided.

Hitler had a obsession for cruel treatment of his fellow citizens to drive out what he termed as `weakness.'

He once stated," Weakness must be hammered away. In my castles of Teutonic Order, a youth will grow up and the world will tremble. I want a brutal domineering, fearless, cruel youth. Youth must be all that. It must bear pain. There must be nothing weak and gentle about it. The free, splendid beast of prey must once again flash from its eyes...
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A must read for anyone that wonders why the ACLU hates God and why the Democratic Party hates American and individual liberty.

Do you think it a coincidence that Obama has proposed the same type of "mandatory youth groups"?

Do you think it is a coincidence that Freedom OF Religion has become Freedom FROM Religion thanks to the ACLU and the socialists/left?

Do you think it a coincidence that there is nothing that Obama and the Demoratic Party will not insert themselves into?

Read this book and see where they are headed.
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