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
"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)
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
of the German youth who served or rebelled against their insane Fuehrer. A very important and long overdue addition to Nazi era commentary.
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.
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.
I am kind of a WWII buff but had not run across anything that addressed the Hitler youth movement as directly as this book does. The author mentioned some other books that are written by people who were directly involved and I will check a couple of them out as well. The author makes no excuses for what happened but it is a bit more understandable to me now. She also talks about how much resistance there was to the NAZI regime inside Germany and it is now a bit easier for me to understand how difficult it was, and how much courage it took, to go against them. I can't say it was real enjoyable listen, but it was very informative. It made me think in a more realistic way about what I might have done in a similar situation.
A MUST READ
Critcal to understanding how a 'good' government gradually infiltrates the most rational of minds in preparation for atrocities.
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!
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.
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!
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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