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Three Against Hitler

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A compelling true story of three LDS teens fight for freedom.

"Rudi Wobbe: Charged with Preparation to High Treason and Aiding and Abetting the Enemy."

Thus began the trial of Rudi Wobbe and two of his teenage friends as they stood before the justices of the dreaded Voksgerichtshof, the infamous supreme court of Nazi Germany. All the power and indignation of the Third Rei

Paperback, 184 pages
Published June 1st 2002 by Covenant Communications (first published June 1st 1992)
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I knew this book was about three LDS teenagers who stood up to Hitler during Nazi Germany, but I always thought it seemed logical that some Mormon kids would do that. Why would any Mormons NOT stand up against Hitler, right? Wrong! It was fascinating (and terrifying) to learn what Nazi Germany was like, even for members of the church. There was a branch president who put up a sign banning anyone with a Jewish heritage from entering the building. Members thought that Hitler was called of God, the...more
The story was about three LDS teens that hand out hand bills about the truth of Hitler and the Nazis. The main characters were Rudi Wobbe, Helmuth Huebener, and Karl-Heinz the 3 German LDS teens fight for freedom. My favorite character was all three of the LDS teens. There was a times when robbers try to get away from the law and hide and one day 2 robbers came by our school and we had to be on lock down it felt like i was in jail for an hour. The 3 LDS teens have been to jail. They hated what H...more
Wow! I had heard about these three teenage German boys and how they were arrested for distrubuting anti-Nazi leaflets, and had seen the Documentary, but this was the first book about it I have read. It was gripping, to say the least. This book is written by Rudi Wobbe so it is from his perspective and about his specific experience. This book gave me a whole new appreciation for those who had the courage to fight against the Nazi regime and paid the ultimate price. I wonder if I would have had th...more
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This is my 2nd time reading this book, and I am glad I read it again, because I had forgotten a lot. Rudi's faith in God and his testimony of the LDS Gospel helps him during WWII and through his faith he is able to withstand and survive being imprisoned by the Nazi's for standing up to what he believed. (For those who are not of the LDS faith, and are scared it is mainly about the religion, it is not. If you believe in God, and want to know how someone can survive concentration camps, then read...more
I read this fascinating story many years ago after finding it on my mother-in-law's bookcase. She said that Rudi Wobbe was somehow related to my husband's family (turns out his daughter is married to Ken's cousin) and that it was a true story. This is a wonderful account of three teenage boys in Nazi Germany who stand up to the Nazi regime. It is a story that has become even more personal to me this past year as my son Caleb played the role of Helmuth Hubener in the movie "Resistance Movement".
Three LDS youth choose not to be Hitler youth. They are not well received by their peers, and yet they are valiant to what they think is right. This book causes reflective thinking...would I stand up for truth? Would I look at my options or just go with the flow?
I read this book in 2 days. A quick read but very powerful. I admire his enduring love for his friend, respect him for the horror he lived through, and hope I could continue a worthwhile life despite the terrible experiences he had to endure.
Mar 21, 2008 Anneliese rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: interested in biographies
this is a captivating story. it's hard for me to really feel like i understand how the people in the book feel about many things because my life has been so different. i hope that i'm never in a position to really empathize.
Nate Bringhurst
This book is clearly written by an amateur and its sometimes hard to understand what is going on. But it is such an amazing story its easy to forget about the poor writing.
I love factual recountings from the holocaust era. The writing wasn't phenomenal but it was neat to read about that time period from an LDS German perspective.
This is an amazing story of a young german boy (15)and his friends who rebel against Nazism during WWII. Amazing story.
"Rudi Wobbe: Charged with Preparation to High Treason and Aiding and
Abetting the Enemy"

Thus began the trial of Rudi Wobbe and two of his teenage friends as they
stood before the justices of the dreaded Voksgerichtshof, the infamous
supreme court of Nazi Germany. All the power and indignation of the Third
Reich now focused on these three young men who dared to distribute the
truth about the war to their neighbors. If found guilty, they faced
imprisonment--and perhaps even death.

Why did they do it? Bec...more
Rudi Wobbe was 16 years when sentenced to 10 years in a labor/concentration camp + time after that until the Hitler regime was convinced that he was no longer a political threat. Another friend from church was sentenced to 4 years. His dear friend and fellow LDS teen, Helmuth Huebener, was sentenced to die by Hitler, despite appeals from even the Gestapo. Their offense? Listening to BBC London radio after which Helmuth wrote handbills telling people in their neighborhood the truth of the war and...more
Oct 12, 2011 05samv added it
Well i really liked this book for a lot of reasons and i will just share a couple of those with you. First of all i loved how intelligent these fifteen year old boys were and how grown up they were for there age. second of all i loved the main idea of the book.

Another thing that i loved about the book was the charecters i loved the charecters and all that they did to try to make the people of germany realize that what hitler was doing was not good infact it was terrible. I also liked how when th...more
Three Against Hitler is a true story about three young men that stand up for what they believe and protest against Hitler and the terrible things he is doing. Of course, the story takes place in Germany, where the young men live and Hitler rules but it does change location at the end when the main character, Rudi Wobbe, is free and the war is over. Rudi is a kind and brave person that stands for what is right no matter what. Rudi has two good friends, Helmuth Huebener, Karl-Heinz who stand with...more
Three Against Hitler--Helmuth, Rudi, and Karl-Heinz. Helmuth never got to tell his story, but I read through Karl's right before listening to Rudi's on tape.

All I can say is 'wow'. For some reason, Rudi's telling of what it was like to be an enemy of Nazi Germany touched me so much more than did Karl's. This must have been really difficult for him to write, but it was so honest, and it really sounded as if he was telling this story almost as if it was happening, instead of coming back to it year...more
I think that this is a great book on the condition of the camps in Germany during WWII. It also told the condition and feelings of the prisoners and how they were treated. It told how Rudi felt and how he coped with being in a cell with other guys in the same state as you. The soldiers would abuse them so much that they told anybody who was willing to listen how they thought, why he did what he did, and their feelings against the German soldiers. I was very pleased with this book also because i...more
This was difficult to rate especially after reading The Boy Who Dared. This book is the true story of Rudi Wobbe who was Helmuth Hubener's friend and co-conspirator. The three teenagers fought against the Nazi regime in Germany by distributing pamphlets telling the truth about Hitler and the Third Reich. Rudi's story is so compelling. Unfortunately, this book wasn't well written and the emotion that must have accompanied Rudi during all his horrific experiences wasn't conveyed in this book. It r...more
An inspiring true story. This is the story of 3 brave Mormon boys or teenagers that resisted the Nazi regime told by the youngest one. I would like to meet them one day. What conviction they had for their cause. I have heard terrible things from others that happened during this time. I just can't imagine. I think that Rudi spared us very gruesome details that actually happened. I'm so glad his sweet family was able to make it to America. Even though he isn't alive I still want thank him for tell...more
Bryce Jones
This book is about Rudie wobbe and two of his teenage friends who stand up against the Nazi rule. There church background teaches them that people are equal so he helps stand up against Hitler and his Nazi rule of the third Reich. This book is a great book, it teaches you that you need to stand up for whats right no matter what. It also teaches us how in WW2 not all Germans were bad there were some who stood up for what was right and defied Hitlers rule. It helps you better understand what was...more
Jun 20, 2008 Kelly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kelly by: Mark/Margaret
This is an amzing book startign with 3 characters, but really with one teen's "Rudi" experience with the Nazi regime. These young men were LDS but nore so because of there Christian beliefs and strong moral convictions and will to survive were amazing to me. The aithor who told the story from 1st person perspective was wise beyond his years .. starting int\his early teens. Although no one should have to do or live through what these young men did it made me think of another perspective of the wa...more
Very interesting story about a teenager who was in a concentration camp for 3 1/2 years just for distributing pamphlets that said Hitler was evil. Actually his sentence was for 10 years, but luckily the war ended.
Quinton Cole
This was a great book. it was very detailed concerning things that you don't always hear about when it comes to Nazi Germany and how the people that were not Jewish had to also deal with persecution and the evils of the government at the time. their trials and life in prisons and intern camps while trying to outlive the length of the war was involving and heart felt. That Christianity was a threat to the mind numbing attitudes of the Nazis was very revealing, and sad how honest people could stil...more
After reading The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti I wanted to know more about Helmuth Heubener's story. This is his friend Rudi Wobbe's version of the story of the three young men, who, growing up in Nazi Germany, took their own bold stance against Hitler's lies. (The book is also called Three Against Hitler.) It is a fascinating story; somewhat depressing, but ultimately so inspiring - these boys had tremendous courage. The book is full of interesting discussion points. And, coincide...more
May 12, 2010 Melissa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Melissa by: Tonja
This story is autobiographical, about a man's experience of becoming a political prisoner during Nazi Germany. He and his friends were brave. He met others in prison who bravely stood up for what they believed, and saved his life several times.

As he talked about his life and opportunities after the war, I was impressed by his deep faith and humility.

Kbmaxwell Maxwell
Jul 26, 2011 Kbmaxwell Maxwell rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all
Recommended to Kbmaxwell by: Gail Jewell, my aunt
Though not a literary masterpiece, which is not what this sets out to be anyway, this is a highly recommended read. First-hand account by one of the three LDS teenagers who set out to undermine the Third Reich and got caught and sentenced. Though this is a very depressing time in the history of the world and of freedom in general, the account is quite uplifting while unsettling. I wish high school students were required to read this authentic and detailed account of what happens when you stand u...more
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
This is a book I was a little apprehensive about reading because I didn't feel like crying a lot. However, the book is written mostly in past tense, like a history, and so it was a little easier to read it without getting too emotional, but at the same time I was able to feel and understand what this man went through. It's the first book about WWII that I've read from a non-Jew perspective. I would definitely recommend this and have added it to my list of books for my children to read when they...more
Very good read.
Jennifer Blaine
A humble, truthful, tell it as it was tale of growing up with Hitler. These boys knew the Nazi's were wrong, and paid the price for not joining in the ranks of believers of his regime. I appreciated the lack of sensationalism to sell the book. I think books like this are important to read for those of us who take so much in our lives for granted. For those that think that so many things are "rights" and the government should dish it over, I say read this and appreciate being able to work for wha...more
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“Helmuth said that Mann felt it would be even more difficult to bring about a revolution in Germany because the German people are so fatalistic. While they are deep thinkers who love philosophy, they have a deep suspicion that there really is no great meaning or purpose to life. Thus, they seek security above all else and are unwilling to overthrow a bad government because of the attitude, 'What difference would it make anyway?' Hence, Helmuth concluded, the people were willing to accept Hitler because, in some perverse way, he managed to create for them a fatal feeling of safety.” 2 likes
“While the Nazi party never officially condemned the Christian churches of the country (Hitler didn't want that problem on top of all the others), they undermined the meaning of Christianity by slowly replacing people's allegiance to God with loyalty to the party.” 1 likes
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