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Through Innocent Eyes: The Chosen Girls of the Hitler Youth Hardcover – November 21, 2012
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About the Author
Cynthia A. Sandor was born in New York and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. She was employed with Cherry Lane Music Publishing Co., Inc. as the Manager of Copyrights, Administration, and Licensing. She studied at St. Petersburg College and received her bachelor's degree in business from Eckerd College. She survived a horrific motorcycle accident, which propelled her to produce the Lady Rider Show, The Business Forum, and Travels with Cindy, on Pinellas County Public Access Television. She is an accomplished world traveler visiting over twenty countries. She has written for Guitar for the Practicing Musician, Biker Ally magazine, and the Tampa Bay New Times magazine. An article about her parents' journey appears in the 50th Anniversary Maiden Voyage Edition S.S. United States Fastest Ship in the World by Frank Braynard and Robert Hudson Westover. Ms. Sandor lives with her two Chihuahuas, Nicky, and Harley, in Oldsmar, Florida.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
For the past two years, the book publishing industry has issued numerous novels about World War II subjects. This would be my first narrative about the training of Hitler Youth, in particular the Bund Deutscher Madel (BDM), the League of German Girls.
The German Youth Movement started in 1896 as a cultural and educational movement and by the 1930’s; nine hundred local groups in Germany were given the formal title of the Bund Deutscher Madel (BDM), the League of German Girls in the Hitler Youth.
When the author’s mother was dying from cancer, she found her mother’s handwritten diary and began this story about training her mother received in Austria beginning in 1938 when she was an impoverished 10 year old girl.
It was mandatory that Gertrude join The Young Girls’ League where she faced paramilitary like disciplinary measures and uniforms to develop her loyalty, character, and dedication; all in the effort to becoming a future pure blood German mother and carry on the noble German Race.
By athletic competition, vocalizing, hiking, working on farms, performing parade marches, and neo-pagan rituals, these young girls learn to follow orders and want to be outstanding citizens. Gertrude moves through the various groups and by 1941 is chosen to participate in Landjahr Lager in Seidorf, Niederschlesien, Germany.
After Landjahr, Gertrude returned home to discover her two older brothers were serving at the Russian front and her younger brother was in Hitler Youth. Together with her sister and a friend, she travels to Mariazell, Austria to work as a waitress.Read more ›
This is not a novel but rather a true history of an ugly time in our world. May it never be repeated.
C. A. Sandor's candid story should help.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nothing new, very boring I thought it was a true diary of a young women with innocent eyes thrust into all the wrongs of the 3rd Reich. Read morePublished 10 months ago by milo hyatt
I spent 2 months reading the Kindle version of a book that was supposedly written by an author who states that this is her Mom's memories about her experiences in her Hitler's... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kindle Man
Beware even after 75 years people are still trying to glorify and justify the grotesque actions of the 3rd Reich. Read morePublished 12 months ago by The Walking Riot
Reasonable read, the author tries to paint a picture of how little girls could be caught up in the Nazi movement, this she achieves reasonably well, my only criticism is that... Read morePublished on January 21, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Written with authority. The author is at once sympathetic to the girls who were caught up in this turbulent time period, as well as sophisticated enough to realize the enormity of... Read morePublished on January 12, 2014 by James Ahearn