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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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By Douglas on 02-03-14

Compelling Stories...

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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By Eric on 07-08-08

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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8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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