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Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow Hardcover – April 1, 2005
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Hitler Youth is outstandingly researched and makes excellent use of primary sources, such as photos, letters, diaries, books, and oral histories in attractive and informative ways without ever overwhelming the reader. She places everything in a context of German history post-World War I that allows the reader to understand the Hitler Youth as a product of particular historical circumstances and not just something that happened autonomously. Her use of German words gives the book cultural authenticity.
Another great success of the book is the way that it slowly ratchets up the tension and terror as it explores the issues of war, terrorism, resistance, and authoritarianism.Read more ›
I am familiar with the events leading to WWII, the purpose of the deadly and unforgettable Holocaust, and a lot of the propaganda of the socialistic movement. I was not, however, familiar with the youth that Hitler motivated to do most of the work behind the war and the holocaust. It is a part of history that I never knew and was amazed to find out,
This book is very well documented with excerpts from diaries and touching photos of a handful of youth that belonged to Hitler's regime, the jews, and some who's scales fell from their eyes and escaped the yoke of Nazi brain washing. The pictures are clean as far as not seeing some of the more atrocious pictures that you would probably see at the Holocaust museum. Like I said, the focus of this book is more on the youth of Hitler, and not of the war or the holocaust itself.
There is absolutely no one-sided persuasion in this book. You do not get the feeling of hatred toward the German youth, you honestly feel sorry for these children. Almost to the point of understanding why they did some of the things that they did. But still one must ask why they still did it.
This book may be a little harder to read for a child. Perhaps, it is more high school level. It definately deserves a place in your history section of your own personal library.
This book has already won the types of awards one would expect, and my miniscule acclimation may not mean much--but as one who has studied adult accounts of the Third Reich, the Holocaust, and the kind of mass psychology that could lead to the Nazi phenomenon I cannot recommend this book more highly--even down to the age of 12 with adult supervision and informed consultation.
My question is--where does the line between the Hitler Youth and the Bund Deutsche Maedel (German young women) end and the phenomenon of the Boy Scouts begin--with Malcolm Badel-Powell and the kind of Patriotism that the American Civil Liberties Union so adhores? I think this book is a good entry point for anyone pondering such questions--for as every Hitler Youth I have encountered feels, some of the bloodstains of the German-initiated World War and the atrocities of the Holocaust (which killed 6 million Jews and 7 million dissidents, Communists, Gypsies, and enemies of the state!)--the somehow feels as stained as Lady MacBeth, 60 years later.....or, they are in some kind of massive denial. I have met and conversed with both types of Germans, and I can only say, that this phenomenon will plague masters of genocide everywhere--from the Killing Fields of Cambodia to the Muslim child "vacationers" from Europe who go to the Middle East and practice throat-cutting drills (yes, I've seen those also).
The Jungvolk and Hitler Youth did not simply grow up in the shadow of Hitler.Read more ›
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A very well written account of the experiences of those who grew up in the Hitler Youth. It is written for younger audiences -- not in a condescending way but with some... Read morePublished 14 days ago by CJA
A great book to teach tweens about the Holocaust, but also a great book for anyone interested. By approaching the subject from a young person's point of view, I think the book... Read morePublished 3 months ago by collin oswalt
It is a good book but the condition of the the book was very poorPublished 6 months ago by tim wilson
I wasted $8 on a used copy of this. I suppose it was written for 5-8th graders, and perhaps by one. It got a blue ribbon from a children's book bulletin. Read morePublished 9 months ago by James Hall
We have this as a mandatory read at our school and the students cannot take them home, with 5 kids we bought one to keep here as they go through this assignment they can reference... Read morePublished 10 months ago by INDY MOM