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Both books, focas on two young boys growing up during Hitler's reign of terror. Understanding the difference between the upbringing of children then & now, and the German standards of behavior of their children is quite interesting.
I do recommend this book & book 1 for anyone who is interested in WWll, sociology of the time regarding children and adults, and the terror experienced to read both Children to a Degree #1 and Loyal to a Degree #2. I'm going to get the third book in the series, Trust to a Degree from the Amazon Kindle store right now.
This is an engrossing read that will take many modern readers out of their comfort zone. In addition to exploring the experiences of a young man who is forced to grow up entirely too fast, the audience is forced to consider the question of when survival supercedes loyalty and patriotism.
There are some editing and formatting flaws here, as well as a few minor grammatical issues, which I suppose result from translation. They are not enough though, to detract from the storytelling. This is a powerful and compelling read.
Karl Veth is second in charge of a KLV camp for boys in Poland. The Lieutenant in charge was injured and had his leg and hand amputated. He is not healing well and is simply marking his time before being allowed to go home. Basically, Karl is in charge. Karl is only fourteen but has had training as a sniper in the HJ. He has made some preparations for the evacuation of the 122 boys at the camp. His assistant is Peter Zahn, another fourteen year old. One of the things he had done was to let one of the boy’s Father know that the camp needed to be evacuated for his son to be safe. This father was a top SS official and he sent trucks to take the boys back to Berlin. However, there was not enough room for all the boys in the trucks. Karl had the oldest boys taken to a nearby railroad where they were to stop a train and hopefully get a ride. The remainder of the boys went in the trucks. The plan worked as intended except the Lieutenant was unable to get on the train in time; he was being left behind so Karl turned the boys over to Peter and jumped off the train to help the Lieutenant. While he attempts to get the Lieutenant medical help, he makes some connections with people who will help him in later days. Meanwhile, Karl gets back to Berlin and meets up with Harold once more.
Harold Kellner, his friend from school, was in charge of the HJ at this time. He helps Karl find food for the agency which cares for the boys from the KLV camps when they returned to Berlin. He also helps Karl get another position which keeps him in Berlin. He and Karl work together in Berlin and eventually work together for the SS. The two devise a scheme to hopefully keep them alive during the coming battle of Berlin.
Will the two boys survive the Battle of Berlin? Will they survive working for the SS? Can these two fourteen year old boys make it on their own?
Some minor problems with translation.
Could use an appendix so readers could understand some of the German and SS Ranks better without having to refer to reference books all the time.