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Three Against Hitler

4.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  759 Ratings  ·  159 Reviews

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 Re

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Published June 1st 2002 by Covenant Communications (first published June 1st 1992)
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Jun 17, 2011 Abby rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 15, 2012 Jensen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 31, 2008 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Feb 20, 2008 Amiee rated it really liked it
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great book. a must read. eye-opener :)
May 05, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 05, 2013 Francie rated it really liked it
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".
Apr 05, 2009 Cindy rated it liked it
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?
Jul 18, 2009 Julia rated it it was amazing
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 really liked it
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
Feb 12, 2012 Nate Bringhurst rated it really liked it
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.
May 10, 2012 Mayde rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 02, 2008 Katie rated it really liked it
This is an amazing story of a young german boy (15)and his friends who rebel against Nazism during WWII. Amazing story.
Jul 16, 2016 Lauralie rated it it was amazing
" Through their unscrupulous terror tactics against young and old, men and women, they have succeeded in making you spineless puppets to do their bidding" This is a statement written to German boys from Helmuth Heubener in one of the pamphlets he and his friends distributed. I was aware of this particular story, but only in passing. I knew that a few young LDS boys had taken a stand against Hitler's propaganda, but I had not read the details. After reading many books on the different concentrati ...more
Apr 14, 2015 Darla rated it really liked it
(Genre:autobiographical non-fiction) I started reading this almost 3 years ago and got part way thru it and set it aside because I knew the story and what would happen next and it was depressing. At the time, I needed to read something a little happier and more diverting. So I set it aside, fully meaning to finish it a few weeks later. Alas, later didn't happen until this week. I finished the book in one day and really enjoyed it. I like history. And to hear history from the mouth of someone tha ...more
Mel Foster
Apr 22, 2015 Mel Foster rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Age 12 and up,
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Jan 16, 2015 J.S. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"There are times and places where children do not dream any more about how to commit pranks, but about how to take the government to task."
— Stephan Hermlin

Rudi Wobbe grew up in Nazi Germany. As a boy his family joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (also known as the LDS or Mormon Church) and he eventually became friends with two other LDS boys, Helmuth Huebener and Karl-Heinz Schnibbe. Rudi resisted joining the Hitler Youth despite the intense pressure, and as he and his frie
May 15, 2012 Sandy rated it really liked it
"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
Aug 15, 2013 Diane rated it really liked it
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
Derek Baker
Apr 21, 2016 Derek Baker rated it really liked it
I saw part of a special on the BYU channel about these boys, so picked up the book.
Nonfiction account of three boys who defied Hitler by printing their own anti-Hitler pamphlets.
Mormon boys. Interesting how their branch brothers and sisters and church leadership reacted.
(Maybe you have to have been a Mormon to appreciate that.)
A story of the courage of youth.
One of the authors is one of the boys in the book. (Plot spoiler; he lived)
May 26, 2016 Tami rated it really liked it
2nd time I've read this book and I still learned a ton. I recently visited the Holocaust museum in Skokie, IL which was very educational and informative but the docent made it sound like no one tried to stop the Nazi's and I remembered this book and that a young LDS boy did and was beheaded for his stance against Hitler while his two friends were imprisoned. It's their story of trying to buck the system and then surviving.
Mar 07, 2013 04katet rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 13, 2012 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 05, 2012 8 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 16, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it
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
Jan 20, 2014 Cathy rated it really liked it
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 really liked it  ·  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
Jun 02, 2014 Tammy rated it really liked it
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.
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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
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