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Mischling, Second Degree: My Childhood in Nazi Germany Mass Market Paperback – September, 1978

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (Mm) (September 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553119680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553119688
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,498,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I must admit, I have not read this book for many years, in fact, not since I was in the third grade. A rather insightful teacher assigned me this book, and it has profoundly enriched my understanding of the holocaust, evil, and human nature, by allowing me to see a humanized portrait of NAZI society at a very early age. As I have been raised Jewish, I have been nearly bombarded with information about the holocaust from a Jewish perspective (not that I regret this). However, I feel that we can only come to understand such a great evil if we understand that its perpetrators were as human as its victims, motivated by the same kinds of fears, hopes, false rationalizations, etc. that in some small way motivate every human being from time to time. This book is an excellent way to introduce this humanizing element to a young reader, and it helps to make sense of a senseless event in our history.
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This is an exceptional book. I recommend anyone interested in what life was like under Hitler read this. The one thing you need to keep in mind is that this story could have been written by any German girl. What happens in the book has very little to do with Ilsa Koehn being Jewish. She didn't know she was Jewish, she only knew both sides of her family (one Jewish, the other non-Jewish) were against Hitler. She lived with her non-Jewish grandparents.

This is a young adult book, but that really doesn't matter. The bombing raid in the back of the book is well written and gives you a very good idea of what going through one might have been like. When she was hiding from the Russians to keep from being raped, she only tells you what she heard, which lets your imagination run wild.

Well written. Highly recommended.
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A Kid's Review on January 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
Mischling, Second Degree is a great book! It will keep you interested from the first page to the last. The ending of this book is wonderful, and the begining is great too. If you like books on the Haulocost, you'll love this one!
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A Kid's Review on May 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
I knew Ilse Koehn when she was writing this book. She always spoke with such love for her father, while never explaining why. Now I understand. I've read her book and taught it in middle school; not because we were friends, but because this age group can relate to all the emotions Ilse expresses in so many aspects of an "outsider/survivor" child during World War II. Young adults today must cope with life as it moves on, just like Ilse, who faced a life which often made no sense.

As an adult she writes her memoir. Did the girl, Ilse, understand? Or does Ilse, the mature woman,understand the events which effected her existance? Does the passge of time give us a clearer vision?

My students look at Ilse's life and writing this way. Ilse Koehn's book makes them think. Ilse's writing helps many students find understanding.
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By A Customer on March 23, 1999
Format: Turtleback
This book is a treat! You can't read it just once; I've been re-reading it for about fifteen years! Ms. Koehn makes the point that "war is hell" simply by stating her experiences during wartime as they unfolded. And the character study of Ilse's two grandmothers, one practical and one refined, is one of the best in literature, particularly when the gruff one's true colors are revealed at the wonderful ending. Would that all autobiographies were as terrific as this one!
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Format: Paperback
I happened to come across this book in my junior high's school library. I can't describe how deeply Ms. Koehn's experience as a child in Nazi Germany impacted me. Thirty-two-years later, I still remember it so well. I'm about to purchase it for my thirteen-year-old who's studying World War II. I know it'll affect her the way it had affected me. If you haven't read Ms. Koehn's story, "Anne Frank on the other side of the fence" (I still remember the tagline on the edition I had read), I'd highly recommend you click that buy button.
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