Hitler Youth

Hitler Youth

Growing up in Hitler's Shadow

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"I begin with the young. We older ones are used up . . . But my magnificent youngsters! Look at these men and boys! What material! With them, I can create a new world." --Adolf Hitler, Nuremberg 1933

By the time Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933, 3.5 million children belonged to the Hitler Youth. It would become the largest youth group in history. Susan Campbell Bartoletti explores how Hitler gained the loyalty, trust, and passion of so many of Germany's young people. Her research includes telling interviews with surviving Hitler Youth members.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Nonfiction, c2005.
ISBN: 9780439353793
Characteristics: 176 p. :,ill., maps ;,27 cm.


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Jun 16, 2016

Interesting and informative book . Depicts the brain washing of Hitler on the youth at that time . Well written .

Some of the youth growing up in Nazi Germany enthusiastically participated in the Hitler Youth; others lost their lives protesting the Nazi regime. For all of them, it totally changed their lives.

Jun 23, 2011

Shows us how life was like in Nazi Germany and under the eye of Hitler. Some of these cases are very sad and show a lot of bravery in the stories of these kids.

Dec 24, 2009

Holocaust literature is over-flowing with poignant stories of survival from Jewish survivors and non-Jews who resisted the German war machine. The Nazi point of view is less represented, and to no surprise?Hitler?s crimes rank among the worst committed against humanity and his beliefs are difficult, to say the least, to discuss in depth. But author Susan Campbell Bartoletti accomplishes just that by focusing her Newbery Award-winning nonfiction book on the Hitler Youth. Hitler depended greatly on the German youth, whom he seduced into his service with camping trips and nature hikes before inundating them with Nazi propaganda. The Hitler Youth appeared to offer the chance for youngsters to rebel against authority and strike out on their own, but Hitler intended to mold his Aryan youth into zealots wildly devoted to his cause, and he was successful. At its peak seven million boys and girls belonged and former Hitler Youth members served in Hitler?s highest military and advisory ranks. Soon the tenants of Nazism were part of the curriculum in Germany?s schools and participation in the Hitler Youth was required by Nazi law. Bartoletti presents this forced ?education? as nothing short of brainwashing. It?s not an excuse for the Nazis? crimes, but it is a lens through which to understand the German children who grew up under Hitler?s influence. The book centers around the lives of real kids involved in the Hitler Youth, from those fanatically devoted to Hitler?s cause to those who resisted and rebelled (particularly compelling is the story of young members of the White Rose, who were executed for their crimes against the F├╝hrer). This is nonfiction writing at its best?crisp prose, real testimonies, original documents, archival photographs, and varying points of view used in harmony to shed light on difficult truths.

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