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Loyal to a Degree

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Based on a true story, a young boy in World War II Germany is forced to become a man well before his time, or perish.

Karl Veth is 14 years old and as mandated by German law, a member of Hitler Jugend (Hitler Youth). He is the assistant to the leader of a KLV camp in Poland - an air raid evacuation camp where 120 German boys under the age of 12 were sent to protect them fro
Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published May 19th 2013 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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Toni Osborne
Mar 04, 2016 Toni Osborne rated it it was amazing
Book 2, in “To a Degree Series”

“Loyal to a Degree” is a true account told from of the point of view of a young boy who experienced life during the Nazi Germany regime. This is a story about survival and loyalty.

Young boys were taken away from their parents and drafted against their wills into Hitler Youth at a very young age. Parents as well as boys had two choices: obey or die. So at 14, Karl Veth became member of Hitler Jugend and assistant leader of a KLV camp in Poland till the Russian army
Feb 10, 2016 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: germany, historical, ya, hitler
A World War Two Historical Fiction Novel Based On A True Story A young boy in Nazi Germany is forced to become a man well before his time or perish. As 14-year-old Karl Veth listens to the German special OKW report, the news he has feared and anticipated becomes a reality. Russian tanks have broken through the German defense lines east of the KLV evacuation camp in Poland where he and 120 other German boys are living. The time has come to leave the camp and return to Berlin. Despite his young ...more
Mitchell Sayre
Jun 29, 2015 Mitchell Sayre rated it really liked it
After reading the prequel in this series and enjoying it very much I decided to continue with this second book in the chronology. I'm glad I did. The first book dealt more with family and the exploration of the feelings towards the Nazi regime. This particular book is more about surviving the last days of the war in Berlin. The author certainly does a great job of describing in detail the events that took place. The struggles, the insecurities of each new day are on each page, written in a ...more
Nov 01, 2016 Marlene rated it really liked it
These books are in SERIOUS need of even a college English student novice editor. I'm not talking about the occasional misplaced comma, but things like no question marks when questions are asked in dialogue, repeated use of "waived" for "waved" and "padded" for "patted" as in (several times in the book): "He padded Karl's shoulder encouragingly."

However, if you can overlook that sort of thing and just accept that this is not a literary memoir or the work of a professional writer, but simply a man
Mar 12, 2016 Pam rated it it was amazing
Loyal to a Degree is book two in a series by Horst Christian. The series is historical fiction based on a true story and events. The names were changed but the story is the same. It is a very interesting series about young German boys during World War II in Berlin. The story takes place right up to the fall of Berlin.
Karl Veth is second in charge of a KLV camp for boys in Poland. The Lieutenant in charge was injured and had his leg and hand amputated. He is not healing well and is simply markin
Bev Walkling
Jan 14, 2016 Bev Walkling rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.
This book is the second in a series of four that detail the wartime experiences of a member of Hitler's Youth. I have not read the first book in the series but it did not matter as I was drawn in and hooked within the first few pages.

The story begins during WW2 as Karl is trying to help the boys from the Hitler Youth Camp where he is a leader back to Berlin and away from the approaching Soviets. The story of how he does this and what happens next is an incredible one which gives a uni
Suzanne Gandolfi-lapham
Sep 14, 2013 Suzanne Gandolfi-lapham rated it really liked it
As someone who is very interested in World War 2 and reads and watches anything that pertains to it this was a given. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed it. The dichotomy of the people in Berlin in those days was fascinating; the Flying Court Marshall squads and the ordinary citizens who had born the brunt of Hitler's "Total War" is mind-blowing. I became really invested in the day to day activities of Karl and Harold and the Götterdämmerung like events happening all around them. ...more
Barbara Drummond-Bellacicco
I started this as soon as I finished Children to a Degree to find out what happened to Karl Beth, the main character. The author has used his memories of growing up in WWII Berlin, Germany to write splendid books. At 14, Karl has been assigned to accompany younger children and ,Heavens to Betsy, female teachers, to evacuation camps in the relative safety of rural Germany, then Poland. The cultural bias against females was astonishing to me. With every male adult fighting for Der Fuerher
May 24, 2015 Tami rated it really liked it
Even though it bothers me that the main character, Karl Veth, comes across as unemotional and robotic, I could not put this book down once the Russians began to surround Berlin and Karl and his friend were sinking deeper and deeper into dangerous situations. One thing that stands out to me is how sad it was that the Germans could not even trust their own countrymen, their neighbors or friends. The book ends somewhat abruptly when Karl and his friend Harold seek refuge at what they believe is a ...more
Sarah H. Wiley
Dec 08, 2015 Sarah H. Wiley rated it it was amazing
A Real Page Turner!

This book as well as Mr. Christian's first book, Children To A Degree, offers a totally different look at Germany during WW II, showing not only from a German point of view but from the viewpoint of a young person, Karl, caught up in a mandatory system and doing what he can to not only survive but to understand what he is involved in . He tries to understand whether he believes the propaganda and rhetoric being forced upon him

Definitely a good read which leaves the reader wit
Mar 10, 2014 Pam rated it really liked it
A fascinating viewpoint of a young boy in WWII. It did seem a bit far fetched that a boy so young would be able to think so clearly under the extremely stressful circumstances. But this is how the author remembers it. It draws a vivid picture of the horrific conditions of separation, death, starvation....war. It still did not help me understand how seemingly good people can do such evil things. My fascination and quest for understanding was a good read, I'm sorry he had to live it.
Eileen E Cartwright
Oct 28, 2014 Eileen E Cartwright rated it really liked it
End is just the beginning

I found this book frightening but fascinating. A true story of what it was like at the end of Hitler's Germany. I had no Idea what ordinary Germans experienced in Berlin when Germany fell. I also did not know anything about the young boys in the Hitler youth or how rotten the SS could be to their own people. This book was truly a learning experience for me.
Jun 25, 2015 Cathy rated it it was amazing
I still have a hard time believing that a 14 year old boy could go through so much in Berlin. Karl is mature beyond his years. No one should have to go through that. I surprised that the editors didn't pick up typos..3 or 4 from each book, but the writing style was less choppy with this book than the first. Highly recommend if you want to learn more about the 'inner' part of what was happening in Berlin during WWII
Jan 29, 2016 Julie rated it really liked it
very interesting story

The only trouble I had with this story was believing the age of the main character. He just seemed way too mature for his years. I will be downloading the next in the series because I am very curious to know what happens next.

It is most interesting because there are a ton of books out there from the Jewish perspective, but I have never read anything from a German teens perspective.
Tom Gaudreau
Jan 09, 2014 Tom Gaudreau rated it really liked it
"Karl Veth is 14 years old and as mandated by German law, a member of Hitler Jugend (Hitler Youth)."
This is a fascinating mostly true story about a boy who went through the final days of WWII in Berlin. It provide a vivid description of what life was like under the Third Reich during those days. My only criticism is that Karl is perhaps too good to be true. In my opinion that is not enough of a reason not to read this book. I'm sure I will read its sequel one day soon.
Jan 18, 2015 Sue rated it really liked it
This book moved quickly. Berlin is about to be attacked by the Russian army, and Karl and his friend try to prepare for the inevitability. Being in Hitler's Youth makes them more at risk, so it is no easy thing. Complicating the matter is the almost constant shelling of the city. This is actually the first in a trilogy. There is a prequel that was written after the trilogy, I believe, which I read first and I liked that so well, I decided to read the rest.
Tiffany Elgan
Feb 11, 2015 Tiffany Elgan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-book
This was a side of WWII that I've never read about. Based on a true story, this story is told from the perspective of a 14-year old HJ (Hitler Youth) member. The things this young boy went through was absolutely amazing. I did not know much about the Russians taking over Berlin either, so I learned a lot there. I will definitely read the next book, which continues this story.
Rebecca Gibson
Oct 01, 2015 Rebecca Gibson rated it it was amazing
Must read...

This is a four book series... I like this series as I have read stories about holocaust survivors but this gives you the perspectives of children of German families... what some of the young boys endured during this time... every war has two sides this is part of the other side....
Jan 08, 2016 Ray rated it it was ok
This is written in a first person style that quickly captured me. The author telling of his youth in Nazi Germany brings the reader, well at least me, along side him to share in the uncertainty, horrors, and his daily struggles. Details of the book are in other reviews, I want you to know I felt as if I was with him during the war.
Nov 01, 2014 Betty rated it it was amazing
Fiction, but based on the author's true experiences in Berlin during the last weeks of WWII. It is told through the eyes of a 14 year-old boy who is a member of the Hitler Youth. He is loyal, intelligent, and caring. His responses to what is happening around him tell us that he is not an automaton. Can hardly wait to read the sequel.
Virginia Ullrich-serna
Oct 05, 2014 Virginia Ullrich-serna rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. Started it right after I finished Children to a Degree. If you are a student of history then you will want to read all 4 of Horst Christian's books. They give you a very different view of the war and of the mindset of the Germans.
Ruth Kyle-devendorf
Jul 29, 2014 Ruth Kyle-devendorf rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
An incredible page turner about WWII and told from the persepctive of a fourteen year old German boy. It is based on the author's first hand experiences in the last few weeks before Berlin surrendered to Russia. It is about a time of hsitory often overlooked by the history books and movies.
Jim Vanzino
Aug 29, 2014 Jim Vanzino rated it really liked it
A bit rough around the edges but an excellent story. I really enjoyed knowing that this was written by someone who actually experienced what happened in this book. I highly recommend for a new perspective on WWII.
Sheri Knipp
Jun 30, 2015 Sheri Knipp rated it it was amazing
Loyal to a Degree is another good book with the author taking me to the time and place of these boys lives. The author, Horst Christian, has a great talent in the storytelling aspect, I had many times it was hard to stop reading and enter back into today. Highly recommend for all to read.
Jeannie Guy
Oct 20, 2015 Jeannie Guy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: yes
Recommended to Jeannie by: Amazon
I have learned a great deal from this book, and the book " Children To A Degree' . Loved, hearing the stories of 'Karl and his friend Harold". Sad, but shows when you are in a situation as Germany was, you have to use a lot of common sense to survive,
Emily Enfinger
Nov 10, 2015 Emily Enfinger rated it it was amazing
Great book

Great read. Looking at Wii through the eyes of young people who had no understanding of the realities but we're forced to deal with the situation
Dec 03, 2015 Kashyap rated it liked it
A sequel to Children to a degree. Very gripping indeed. The intelligence shown by Karl, a teen aged boy, look exaggerated at times.
Roberta Blythe
Jul 22, 2015 Roberta Blythe rated it really liked it
Great story about some of the things my generation and those after me do not know about World War II and how it affected people in Europe.
Sep 05, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing
Book-bub True story of a 14 yr old youth caught growing up in the onset of Nazi Germany. How his life was changed and choices he had to make for survival and conscience.
Chaplain Stanleigh Chapin
Aug 24, 2014 Chaplain Stanleigh Chapin rated it it was amazing

a true account of the horrors of war and battle. The inhumanity of desperation, peer pressure and actions of war
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I was born in Berlin, Germany in 1930. My father taught me to read and write before the age of 5 and by the time I was 10 years old, I discovered my love for writing. I wrote vacation reports and several articles for a German school periodical.

When I was 10, I entered the “Jungvolk,” a subdivision of the Hitler Youth, which was mandatory in the Berlin school system. I then entered the Hitler Youth
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