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Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow | [Susan Campbell Bartoletti]

Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow

On January 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor of Germany, thanks largely to the efforts of the Hitler Youth, whose organized propaganda marches throughout Germany helped the Nazi Party grow in strength. By 1939, it is estimated that more than seven million boys and girls belonged to the Hitler Youth.
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Publisher's Summary

On January 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor of Germany, thanks largely to the efforts of the Hitler Youth, whose organized propaganda marches throughout Germany helped the Nazi Party grow in strength. By 1939, it is estimated that more than seven million boys and girls belonged to the Hitler Youth.

Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow is the riveting and often chilling tale of a generation of young people who devoted their energy and passion to the Hitler Youth organization and left an indelible mark on world history. Award-winning author Susan Campbell Bartoletti infuses the work with the voices of both former Hitler Youth members and young people who resisted the powerful Nazi movement. These voices stand alongside those of Jewish youths and others who were senselessly and brutally targeted by the Third Reich. What emerges is the story of average children and teenagers faced with extraordinary and unenviable choices. The paths taken by the Hitler Youth and their struggle to come to terms with their actions at the end of World War II are sure to spark debate among young readers.

©2005 Susan Campbell Bartoletti; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Listening Librarty, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

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"Bartoletti lets many of the subjects' words, emotions, and deeds speak for themselves, bringing them together clearly to tell this story unlike anyone else has." (School Library Journal)

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    Eric Forreston, Israel 07-08-08
    Eric Forreston, Israel 07-08-08
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    "Re pronunciation"

    I grew up in Germany and wondered about a previous reviewer's comments about the narrator's German mispronunciation. I can't speak for Polish but her German pronunciation is spot on. I did a little research and also discovered (as is apparent also from her very slight German accent) that Kana is a native German. Her pronunciation of German names is perfect.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 02-03-14
    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 02-03-14 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    of the German youth who served or rebelled against their insane Fuehrer. A very important and long overdue addition to Nazi era commentary.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    T. Fred PORTLAND, OR, USA 02-05-07
    T. Fred PORTLAND, OR, USA 02-05-07
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    "WANTED TO LEARN MORE"

    VERY WELL DONE. AFTER READING THIS BOOK I WANTED TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SOPHIE SCHOLL AND HER BROTHER. I WENT TO THE VIDIO STORE AND FOUND A FILM WHICH WAS MADE A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO CALLED SOPHIE SCHOLL .THE FINAL DAYS. THE FILM WAS GREAT EVEN THOUGH IT IS SUBTITLED IN ENGLISH. GET THE BOOK. RENT THE MOVIE.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn L. Mayer Old Town, Maine 05-15-12
    Lynn L. Mayer Old Town, Maine 05-15-12 Member Since 2011

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    If you could sum up Hitler Youth in three words, what would they be?

    A MUST READ


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Critcal to understanding how a 'good' government gradually infiltrates the most rational of minds in preparation for atrocities.


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    Trevor Lonedell, MO, United States 10-31-11
    Trevor Lonedell, MO, United States 10-31-11 Member Since 2007
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    "memorable and thought-provoking"

    This will be an audiobook hard to forget for me.

    Good narration, great research and an enthralling subject.

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    Patricia Plano, TX, United States 05-27-11
    Patricia Plano, TX, United States 05-27-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Learning About History"

    I just watched a movie on Anne Frank...when I came across this title I said," Why not?" There is a little curiousity on how one human being can treat another human being so horribly. I am curious of the psychology behind it. This book tells the tale of many who lived through that era of history. The book was organized and well written. I would recommen it!

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    James P Carter PENSACOLA, FLORIDA, US 01-02-10
    James P Carter PENSACOLA, FLORIDA, US 01-02-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting but lacking"

    I enjoyed the book overall but found the material to be lacking in depth. I should have noticed how short the book was and anticipated such. This is a good basic historical summary of the Hitler Youth but certainly not a thorough study. The book also gives the reader a basic understanding of WW2
    However, there is no real discussion of the Hitler Schools or the other specialized schools they were sent to for indoctrination.
    Anedotally it is entertaining and this is the best feature of the book.
    Hard to explain, just something was missing.

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    Pete Mypaycheck SE Michigan 08-30-09
    Pete Mypaycheck SE Michigan 08-30-09 Listener Since 2009
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    "Educational and Thrilling!"

    An incredible listen! I've only had this download about a week and have already listened to it three times over! If you have any interest in the terrible period of Nazism, or sociology, cults, brainwashing, etc., this book is for you!

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    Teemu JoensuuFinland 05-20-07
    Teemu JoensuuFinland 05-20-07 Member Since 2007
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    This book is a fantastic, but a shocking story of the people raised during the time of the Third Reich. Looking at it as simply a book the only fault is that the author jumps around different years in the book too fast. As an audiobook I find it highly annoying that the person reading this apparently can't pronounce German/Polish names which starts to sound very annoying after a while.

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    Stephen Kay Quebec 07-30-12
    Stephen Kay Quebec 07-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    What disappointed you about Hitler Youth?

    The book is loaded with historical inaccuracies. The author followed the usual template about most books from Nazi Germany. The book ends up being more about the holocaust and has very little actual information about the Hitler Youth.You could get more real information from a Wikipedia entry. (where I'm sure this author got much of their information from)


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything that is not from this Author.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kathrin Kana’s performances?

    No I would not. Kathrin Kana wrote a terrible book and it is a waste of money.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The only objective portion of this book was when the Author reluctantly mentioned that the allies targeted German civilians.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't purchase this book. It is cheap German bashing and has little to no information about the Hitler youth. It quickly becomes a book about atrocities there is even a chapter on euthanasia for some reason. I guess making someone suffer indefinitely is more human to the author.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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