Hitler Youth

Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow
Narrated by: Kathrin Kana
Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (139 ratings)

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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

Critic Reviews

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

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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.

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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.

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Understanding the brainwashing

I am not blond hair nor blue-eyed, but knowing how the Hitler Youth was sold to the children, I could easily see myself desperately wanting, and feeling left out for not being allowed in. This is not dissimilar to how some civilian population supports terrorist organizations because those organizations, and not the proper government, provide essentials. This reinforces Jane Elliott's results as she taught 3rd graders to hate and taunt their friends mercilessly. I am sure there are many more who were offered but did not participate because they still believed the teachings of their youth. This is the truly frightening part.

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Shallow

Little information about Hitler youth. Mostly a surface rehash of Nazi atrocities. No storyline - Very disappointing.

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I thought it was very interesting.

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.

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A Must Read

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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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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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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memorable and thought-provoking

This will be an audiobook hard to forget for me.

Good narration, great research and an enthralling subject.