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Hitler Youth

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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.
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Published October 24th 2006 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published April 1st 2005)
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Mariah
Aug 02, 2016 Mariah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very excited to be read this book. Every once in a while I would hear about the Hitler's youth, but I didn't actually know anything about them. This book taught me a ton. Hitler was brilliant, evil and a terrible person, & he knew exactly how to make youth follow him. I had no idea that he set up camps and schools why before the war to educate the German youth. Also, I knew he didn't like people with intellectual and physical disabilities and mental heath issues, but I had no idea that ...more
Bettie☯
Blurb - By the time Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933, 3.5 million children belonged to the Hitler Youth. It would become the largest youth group in history. Susan Campbell Bartoletti tells the history of this organization that begins with Hitler's rise to power and moves to the development of the movement, how and what its participants were taught, and the ways their roles changed with the onset of World War II. But this work of nonfiction is much more than an outline of dates. Bartol ...more
Laurel
Oct 17, 2010 Laurel rated it it was amazing
This chilling book offers its readers an unusual perspective. As the author states, it is not a book about Hitler himself, nor is it really about the millions of victims who were horrifically murdered under his regime. This book instead focuses on a generation of young men and women who were seduced by his false promises and who chose to follow and devote their hopes and energies to his movement, unwittingly playing a role in the unimaginable horrors that followed. The book is based on first-han ...more
Mara
I was not an easy adolescent to rear. Or maybe I was just typical. My teenage years definitely featured more than a few slammed doors and threats to never talk to my parents again, along with the occasional 'I wish xxx's parents were my parents.' Now just imagine if these types of disagreements ended with angst-ridden teens shouting "I wish Hitler were my father." But instead of a slammed door they go to school where they're learning eugenics, tell their 18 year old teacher, and then some Nazi s ...more
Kellee
Full review at: http://www.unleashingreaders.com/?p=1592

During World War II, Hitler controlled more than just the military; he controlled the entire country of Germany. Much of what this book explains are parts of the WWII history that is not taught in our schools and shows the true extent of the power that Hitler had over everyone.

The Hitler Youth began as a voluntary organization to support Hitler, but it quickly became a way for Hitler to control the youth. Soon the Hitler Youth was not volu
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Rachael Steele
Sep 29, 2016 Rachael Steele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If waning to research for a WWII book, I highly recommend this one! It has stories from HY and you can really understand how they thought. Some stories are horrible, so if you think it will bother you, I would suggest a different book.
LeeAnn
Jun 04, 2009 LeeAnn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, biography
What a chilling book. It documents what can happen when youth are indoctrinated by evil men (or women) from a young age and how it can happen in any culture. The necessity for good people to guide youth in learning to choose good over evil and recognize it for what it is.

And yet it also caused me to look over our own society and wonder how many of those scenarios have already occurred. How many history textbooks have already rewritten? How many do not learn from the classics? How many accept oth
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Lewis Weinstein
Frightening book. Shows how pervasive and persuasive were Hitler's successful efforts to attract young people to his Nazi movement.

Some of my notes from an earlier read ...

Each boy in the Hitler Youth had a Party Record Book in which his performance and progress were recorded. Boys who held exemplary Party Record Books were selected to attend elite schools established by the Nazis.

The Hitler Youth enjoyed the power they had over teachers and other authority figures. Dressed in full uniform, e
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Tatiana
Not wholly satisfying in terms of depth and nuance, like all YA non-fiction I've read thus far. But still this book managed to shock me. And, raised on WWII movies and books, I am not easily shocked when it comes to Nazis.

Very sad to read about so deeply indoctrinated children, but then again, there is nothing particularly new about it. Young men seem to be the easiest to influence and they are the first to die in wars.
Laura
Excellent middle grade book on WWII that is very straight forward. Would be more beneficial if child is familiar with happenings of the war. Great talking points are presented. (Note:Kathryn did not like. I'm afraid I've passed on my NF gene to her)
Josiah
Aug 06, 2009 Josiah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"What can happen to a people whose youth sacrifices everything in order to serve its greatest ideals?"

—Adolf Hitler, "Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow", P. 157

"By nature, human beings search for ways to make sense and meaning out of their lives and their world. One way that we make meaning is through the telling of our stories. Stories connect us, teach us, and warn us never to forget."

—"Hitler Youth", P. 162

From page one, Susan Campbell Bartoletti lays it out on the table that t
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 (NS) Amie
Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti is a captivating informational text that takes a look at the young people who joined the Hitler Youth Organization, as well as the young Germans who opposed it and the young Jewish people who it targeted. The book starts with the rise of Hitler as Chancellor of Germany and his promise to make Germany strong and successful again after its fall from World War I. He enticed children to join Hitler Youth by promising them excit ...more
Nikki
As someone who grew up when World War II was recent news rather than ancient history, who has lived in Germany, and has read quite a lot on World War II, Naziism and the Holocaust, I came to this book not expecting to learn much that was new. I read it as part of a scheme to read all the Newbery Award winners and honor books. Nine times out of ten, the Newbery Awards and Honors go to fiction, so I was also interested to see what kind of non-fiction was thought deserving of this honor.

Susan Camp
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Dana
Mar 07, 2012 Dana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really learned a lot from this book. I remember learning about World War II throughout my schooling, even at the college level. However, I never knew how much of an impact Hitler Youth had on the war. These children were brain washed to the point where they would even turn in their parents to the authorities for disagreeing with what Hitler said. I also had no idea that Hitler Youth were sent to the front lines to fight. These children were fighting for a cause that they were lied to about. Ma ...more
Allison
Jul 04, 2012 Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had heard about Hitler Youth but I never got a lot of details about that organization. I took a German film class in my undergraduate and we watched a movie called Sophie Scholl, so I knew quite a bit about her and the White Rose. I guess I never realized how the Nazi propaganda and Hitler’s speeches had totally and utterly brainwashed the children of Germany. It was astonishing and sad to see so many children willing to fight and die for a man that condoned the murder of Jews, gypsies, homose ...more
Bonnie
Jun 13, 2009 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In her book Hitler Youth: Growing up in Hitler’s Shadow, Susan Campbell Bartoletti examines the organization that included more than seven million boys and girls and was instrumental in the growth of the Nazi Party. Bartoletti chronicles the lives of twelve adolescents who lived in Germany between 1932 and 1945. Some of these youth were attracted to Hitler’s promise of hope for the German people. Others were attracted to the sports and recreational activities available to the Hitler Youth. And o ...more
Kimball
Usually after finishing a book I often ask myself, "Why couldn't I have read this in high school or at least when I was younger because I didn't learn anything while I was in school." Sometimes I think I've learned more in the past two years of certain subjects than high school ever taught me. Maybe that's because I'm older though, and willing to learn. I enjoyed this book a lot and got a greater glimpse of life when Hitler reigned. I'm still baffled how he was able to raise an army after losing ...more
Rhea
Mar 25, 2015 Rhea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A chilling insight into the dark and maniacal machine that was Adolf Hitler's perspective of the ideal factory of German youth. Bittersweet, it was, to read of how innocent children transformed by choice into a brainwashed, like minded army, and by doing so, selling their soul to 'their Fuhrer' whom had been lying to them the whole time. The Nazis had created themselves an army by poisoning naive minds, so much to the point that they were willing to betray their loved ones to serve a promise of ...more
Janette
Jul 20, 2011 Janette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, even though I vowed not to give stars to books anymore (too many friends who are authors) I had to give this book five stars. I think everybody should read it. I've read so many books about Jewish people during World War Two (good books that everyone should read too) but this is the first book I've read about how Hitler indoctrinated the youth of Germany. Absolutely chilling.

I keep thinking of all the dystopian novels I've read, and how while reading them I've thought: This could never hap
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Kristen
Mar 17, 2008 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about the youth of Germany who grew up under the beliefs of Hitler. It highlights different youth and their experiences. Some who believed Hitler, others who fought against what was being taught. Several boys highlighted are Mormons who never laid their beliefs aside, yet it highlights their struggles. A great new look of WWII.
Carol Storm
Nov 19, 2014 Carol Storm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Informative and engrossing, with chilling details on Hitler Youth cruelties and inspiring stories of resistance. Some great black and white photographs also.
L12_sarah
Feb 26, 2012 L12_sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: info-bios, non-print
Hitler's Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow is the fascinating true story of young people growing up in Nazi Germany. Some joined the Hitler Youth, an organization for young people that trained them to be physically fit, disciplined, militaristic and obedient, indoctrinating them in the ways of Nazis. Other young people joined the Hitler Youth only to become disillusioned with its values, ultimately fighting back by undermining Nazi efforts with pamphlet campaigns and other actions, all of w ...more
Kylie Bliss
Jan 04, 2017 Kylie Bliss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hitler Youth was a very entertaining and insightful read that goes into depth of how the youth of Hitler's time helped him in his rise to power. Instead of being bored by an uninteresting history lesson, I found myself wanting to learn as much as I could. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Jill
Aug 21, 2012 Jill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: newbery-honor
Eye-opening and provocative. The author does a phenomenal job of using eye-witness testimony, photography and narrative to convey how Hitler systematically molded and manipulated the youth in Germany to support what his campaign of mass murder.

"The work of Heinrich Heine, a German poet of Jewish origin, burned among the books. One hundred years earlier, Heine had warned, 'Where one burns books, on will, in the end, burn people.'" The author mentions this early on in this book, a chilling way to
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Nancy
Oct 13, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"It would take years for many Hitler Youth to digest the truth about National Socialism: They had served a mass murderer and, in so doing, had contributed to the deaths of millions of people."

Wow.

I generally avoid reading anything about WWII, the Holocaust, or Adolf Hitler because it makes me both incredibly sad and incredibly livid. I can't stand to look at pictures of the horrific conditions in the ghettos and concentration camps, and was therefore a bit hesitant to pick up this book. But, I a
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Igor
May 12, 2013 Igor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
• Igor Kovalyov
• APA citation: Bartoletti, S. C. (2005). Hitler Youth: Growing up in Hitler's shadow: New York: Scholastic Nonfiction.
• Genre: Informational
• Awards (If applicable): Newbery Honor Book 2006, Robert F. Sibert Honor Book, 2006
• Format: Print
• Selection Process: Recommendation
• Review:
When you look at history and what it has to offer you want to be able to delve deeper into a specific event and look closer at how it affected various groups. World War II is such an event within histo
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Brenna Call
Dec 13, 2008 Brenna Call rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-class-books
Hitler Youth: Growing up in Hitler’s Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Scholastic - New York - 2005 - 176 pages

This nonfiction book chronicles the Nazi rise to and fall from power in Germany during the 1930s and 40s from the perspective of the massive number of young people who supported Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party any way that they could. From Nazi youth groups to mandatory service to the military the Nazi party depended on the young people of Germany to energize their party and help raise
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Victoria
I was interested in this topic but I didn't want to read a huge tome on the subject. This book is perfect because it is geared towards teens so it is shorter and easier to digest. Yet it is still chock full of details and history, which is what I craved.

I recently posted that I'm burned out on dystopian fiction. So, ironically, this book kept making me feel like I was back inside yet another dystopian fiction world. Creepy really. I had to keep reminding myself I was reading a historical nonfic
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High Plains Library District
I was interested in this topic but I didn't want to read a huge tome on the subject. This book is perfect because it is geared towards teens so it is shorter and easier to digest. Yet it is still chock full of details and history, which is what I craved.

I recently realized that I'm burned out on dystopian fiction. So I start this nonfiction book and, ironically, kept feeling like I was back inside yet another dystopian fiction world. Creepy really. I had to keep reminding myself I was reading a
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Dale
Aug 06, 2012 Dale rated it it was amazing
"What can happen to a people whose youth sacrifices everything in order to serve its great ideals?" - Adolph Hitler, October 1932

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Susan Campbell Bartoletti's Hitler Youth demonstrates how the Nazis separated children from the parents, their churches and their senses in an effort to make them loyal to the German state and Adolph Hitler.

Starting with the story of a member of the Hitler Youth who was killed in a bloody street fight with Communist youths,
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Susan Campbell Bartoletti is an American writer of children's literature. She was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, but eventually the family ended up in a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania. Susan started as an English teacher and inspired many students before deciding to pursue writing in earnest. She sold her first short story in 1989. Three years later in 1992 she published her first pict ...more
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“By nature, human beings search for ways to make sense and meaning out of their lives and their world. One way that we make meaning is through the telling of our stories. Stories connect us, teach us, and warn us never to forget.” 14 likes
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