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Under the SS Shadow [Kindle Edition]

Traugott Vogel , Shirley Stephens
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Book Description

UNDER THE SS SHADOW is a true story of a Hitler Youth, an SS major's son,who runs for his life in war-torn Europe. He sees his father shot down by guerrillas, rebuilds his life from the ruins, leaves Hitler's SS emblem for another symbol.

Excerpts from UNDER THE SS SHADOW:

* "In an official declaration, my father stated that he and his family had left the state church. We were Gottglaubig. The SS symbol became the point of reference for our family."

* "We of the Hitler Youth were going forward with Hitler, we were sure. Several years later, as I huddled in a foxhole, I wondered where we were going or where we could go."

*"I feel like a man sitting in a car that's going down a hill," my father said, "but it's too late to get out."

* "May 7, 1945, Germany officially surrendered to the Western Allies. On May 9, Russian troops marched into Berlin. I could not even guess what the future held for me."

* "Augsburg is about fifty miles from Dachau, location of the infamous concentration camp. Only after the war did we discover what had happened at our doorstep."

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From the Inside Flap

February 24, 1944. The young Hitler Youth stood before the charred remains of his once proud home. Fighting back the tears, he cried, "I hate everyone who caused this to happen!"

He blamed the Americans, the British, the French, the Russians, and the Jews -- and he vowed to seek vengeance.

The bombed-out house in Augsburg was the beginning of the end. The horrors of war had come to Traugott Vogel's doorstep. Within fifteen months, the war was over -- but those months were like an eternity of excitement, disappointment, tragedy, and revenge.

With Germany's defeat, young Vogel's dreams died. He wondered what lay ahead.

Under the SS Shadow is the odyssey of this Hitler Youth, an SS major's son, as he struggled to put the pieces of his life back together. It was a hopeless struggle until . . .

From the Back Cover

My honor is faithfulness. The motto of the dreaded SS, Hitler's elite guard. And young Traugott Vogel heard that phrase until it was burned into his soul.

Traugott's father was an SS major. Traugott was a devoted member of the Hitler Youth. Position and privilege in the Third Reich belonged to the Vogel family.

But what happened when the Allies besieged Nazi Germany? What would young Traugott and his family do?

From the ruins of war-torn Germany, Traugott Vogel found the meaning of existence.

Product Details

  • File Size: 366 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Broadman Press; 1 edition (May 1, 2000)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001Q9EZSW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #660,320 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 1st hand experience August 10, 2006
Very uplifting book highlighting the redemptive nature of Gods plan for the life of a young boy raised in the Hitler Youth Movement. It also offers an historical perspective on the days of Hitler-era Germany and the often overlooked fact that not all who were part of the elite German SS were there by their own accord. The book is historically accurate but also entertaining - easy to read but hard to put down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It is, perhaps, a double edged sword. September 26, 2013
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I read the description as well as many of the reviews before I got this one so I was aware that the book would have a decided Christian bent to it. I don't normally read books in the Christian genre but I decided to give this one a try because of the WWII aspect.

The book is initially written from the perspective of young Traugott Vogel, son of a high ranking Nazi SS officer. It is interesting to read his recollections of being in the Hitler youth movement, his indoctrination into the Nazi mindset and his absolute belief that Hitler and Germany were doing the right thing. His hatred of the British and Americans is venomous, especially when he gets a first hand look at "Allied justice" in the form of bombing raids against Germany. It is apparent that the Nazi propaganda machine was working well up until just before the war ended. Hitler's Germany was killing people by the millions and being lauded as heroes by the German people for doing so, yet the Allies became the "bombing murderers" in Traugott's mind as the tides of war shifted. Luckily, after the occupation by American forces, the German people were treated with more respect than was perhaps deserved once the atrocities of the Nazi regime were uncovered. Although there was still hatred and animosity on both sides, the spirit of America reached out and touched this confused young man and led him from the dark to the light. Outstanding so far, right? Right.

The story goes on to expound on Traugott's conversion to Christianity, and from that point on I could take it or leave it. I imagine that as a testament to his belief that his conversion was miraculous, the book does what it was written to do.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opener December 5, 2012
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This is a book that covers history and the way God works in a persons life. Mr Vogel was very detailed in what life was like living in Germany during World WarII. I enjoyed reading about his life as a Hilter Youth and letting the reader know what it was like to be high rank in Hitler's army. But the best part was when Mr. Vogel realized his need for Jesus. What a testimony he had in that he had to overcome a lot of troubles and then know that Jesus was the only answer. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history and seeing God work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trau Gott August 3, 2013
By Linsey
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Discovering the religious theme in this book was unexpected. Inspired and honest, this account adds a refreshing perspective to a dark chapter in history and how this man's faith led to his healing and subsequent path in life.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book September 6, 2008
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I am privilidged to actually know the author. War is a terrible thing, and Traugott brings the personal touches of how he overcomes bitter feelings to accept Christ and begin a life of service to the King!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From the Son of Hitler's SS April 13, 2014
By sozo
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I rate few books 5 stars, but when I picked this up as a historical biography, I was greatly surprised by the life of Traugott Vogel. From the glory of being the son of one of Hitler's elite to the shame of being the same, Mr.Vogel had lived through the best life had to the worst. With great admiration of his father, he came to some striking revelations in the leadership of Germany and in his own personal beliefs. We see his transition from a proud Hitler youth to a disillusioned deserter. Reunited with his family, he looks to a better future only to have it all taken away in a day. I liked this book so much that I researched the author to see if he was still available to speak. I was very disappointed to find that Mr. Vogel had passed away just months ago in 2014. A book to be read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Under the SS Shadow May 24, 2013
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This is a true story by the son of a German SS officer during the Nazi attempt to dominate the world. It's very candid and amazing how he was rejected by his own people and turned to the hated Americans to find work in Germany shortly after the war. His life took a totally unexpected turn and he found true purpose. It is insightful into those times from a perspective one may not have ever considered from a 14 year old boy who lost everything but found more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars German viewpoiint March 26, 2013
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Germany viewpoint of the WW II. The hardships everyone faces & the prejudice that is just below the surface. The changes that only God can bring about.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Didn't enjoy reading it.
Published 3 months ago by Desertlady
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very Interesting
Published 7 months ago by Eleanor B McCown
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
A fascinating look at what it was like to grow up during the Nazi years in Germany. Rather simplistic in its writing, but it gave a vivid portrait of what life was like, so it was... Read more
Published 7 months ago by ESS
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice to see a WW11 story from the German perspective
While this was an interesting story, I found the writing to be somewhat weak. I even checked to see if this book was written for young people. Read more
Published 7 months ago by m.doob
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
I am glad to see more SS-type stories reappearing, but this book was not for me. Could not connect with the characters.
Published 8 months ago by DayzyMom
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I really enjoyed this book. It was great with history and a wonderful testimony. Truly, the only thing that I didn't like was that it just ended all of the sudden. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sarah D
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story of a life turned around.
Traugott grew up in Nazi Germany. His father was in WWI and had the iron cross he was a man that commanded respect just by his walking into a room. Read more
Published 10 months ago by kindred spirit
3.0 out of 5 stars Under The SS Shadow
This book is a true story of an SS major's son who had many conflicting emotions over the war. He was a member of the Hitler Youth. Read more
Published 10 months ago by C. Yates
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle shepherd
A wonderful story of an amazing man, it was my privileged to know him. He was truly Gods man in Germany and America.
Published 11 months ago by Mary Kosier
1.0 out of 5 stars Secretly a christian proselytizing book
This book is not really about Nazis or the SS. It's not about intrigue or hardship. It's not even well-written. Read more
Published 12 months ago by LE
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