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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  799 ratings  ·  134 reviews
When Peter's parents are killed, he is sent to an orphanage in Warsaw, Poland. But Peter is Volksdeutscher-of German blood. With his blond hair and blue eyes, he looks just like the boy on the Hitler Youth poster. The Nazis decide he is racially valuable. Indeed, a prominent German family is pleased to adopt such a fine Aryan specimen into their household. But despite his ...more
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published March 2nd 2009 by Bloomsbury (first published January 1st 2009)
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Siobhán Bayertz
I really loved this book! It was extremely touching and well written. There a lot of books flying around under the topic of World War 2 and this book, though on the same topic, gives us a different outlook/insight on it. Reading this book I felt as if I was there with Peter (main character) Though he is in fact Polish he looks like the perfect German (Volkdeutscher - of German blood)

I also loved this book because it's a very believable if not likely story and is something I plan on reading again
Mariam Abood
My teacher recommended I read this book for a teenage reviewing challenge, and I'm really glad she did because I really ended up enjoying this book.

This book is incredibly underrated, and I feel this book is a lot better than some other books I've read that have been set in Nazi Germany. This was also one of the first young adult books I ever read and I think the fact it was a young adult book made it even better, because this book was able to explore how impressionable teenagers in Nazi Germany
Alex Baugh
Jun 06, 2013 Alex Baugh added it
Shelves: world-war-2
People of German descent, were considered to be Volksdeutsche (ethnic Germans living outside of Germany) by the Nazis, who wanted to bring these 'misguided wanderers' heim ins Reich (home to the Reich).

And that is almost exactly what Piotr Bruck is - a blond hair, blue eyed 13 year old Volksdeutscher, living in Poland, not far from the Russian border. I say almost, because Piotr had a grandparent who was Polish, not German. Left orphaned in June 1941 when his parents car got in the way of the G
John Makowiecki
In Auslander, Paul Doswell reveals the story of a young 13 year old boy with blue eyes and blond hair who had just recently lost his parents to a Nazi tank during the German Invasion of Poland. This boy's name was Peter. Peter grew up on a farm just south of Warsaw, but just after his parents were killed, Peter was sent to an orpanage in Warsaw. Since he had a German complexion, Peter was adopted by a Herr and Frau Klatenbach, who had three daughters. As Peter is forced to move to Berlin with hi ...more
Lady Knight
I really loved this one! The historical detail, plot, characters, and background are all done exceedingly well! This will definately rank among my favorite WWII books for youth. My only bone to pick, however, is where I found this book: in the children's section of Chapters. This is not a book for young children, it is a book for teenagers. Granted large parts of it would not be unacceptable to younger ones, but the extreme course language in certain parts, the detailed explanation that one of t ...more
I did not love this book, but it was a good read. The beginning was interesting, with the main character describing his feelings toward the Nazis and Germany, being adopted into an important family, making new friends. Historical information was disseminated subtly throughout the text. The depiction of stress and tension growing was good. But I did not like the ending. It was one of those endings where the suspense builds and builds and then there is a kind of letdown, an "Oh, that's it?" The ep ...more
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? I really like the cover; there's no second-guessing where - and when - this book takes place, and its general subject-matter. It's intriguing, attention-grabbing, ominous, and exciting at the same time. Or maybe that's just because I absolutely love WWII stories.

Characters: Unfortunately, this isn't the book's strong point. To call the characters cardboard is harsh and untrue, but to say that I became attached to them is also a falsehood. Peter Bruck, the protagonist, sta
Margo Tanenbaum
Auslander is the German word for “foreigner,” and British novelist Paul Dowswell’s 2009 novel (to be released in the U.S. by Bloomsbury in August 2011) spins a compelling tale of one foreign youth’s experiences in Nazi Germany. When Peter’s parents are killed in the German invasion of Poland, he is sent to a Warsaw orphanage along with other war orphans. But 13-year-old Peter is one of the “lucky” ones; he’s Volksdeutscher--of German blood, with blond hair and blue eyes. He’s therefore selected ...more
Hazel West
Thoughts on the Overall Book: This was a very well-written historical fiction story, well researched and exciting. While it might have had some slow parts, I liked the fact that it seemed like a real story, more than actual fiction. The author did a wonderful job portraying what life was like back in the Nazi occupation and this book even went to extremes that I hadn't really heard about before, but, as explained in the author's note, were completely accurate. For me this book was actually very ...more
I would love to give this one a solid 3.5 stars. The only reason it would not be higher in my ratings scale is the fact that I felt the writing to be inconsistent.

The story on the other hand is one rarely found when dealing with youth WWII literature. While I have read numerous stories of jewish holocaust victims in hiding or on the run, valuable in their own way because to ignore that what happened in literature is criminal for numerous reasons, it is always equally as important to get a sense
Jo Bennie
Young Piotr Bruck shivers as he waits naked in a draughty corridor to be examined by two men in white coats with curious instruments. The year is 1941, the place Warsaw and Piotr is an orphan and outcast, not Polack but Volksdeutscher: a Pole of German ancestry. The queue of boys is split into two and Piotr prays not to be sent to the right, to the covered army truck visible through the open doorway. He does not know the meaning of the truck but senses it cannot be good. Instead his blond hair a ...more
Rebecca- Books
I would say THE most amazing book I have read in a long time. I know I say that about every book mostly but I really loved this one.
Okay. I've said it before. If you saw me on the bus reading this and you knew me pretty well, you would think 'Rebecca wouldn't read that kind of thing!' And it's true, I probably wouldn't but it's history. Which I L.O.V.E. Yes, it needed the dots. When I loved about this book, is that it is like your perfect guide to History GCSE. Everything I've covered in the Ris
I love historical fictions so I had high expectations for The Auslander. Sadly, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I should.

The biggest problem I had with the book was the characters. Peter, out protagonist, was flat most of the time. I felt like I didn’t really know him at all. He sometimes lacks emotions when talking about his parents and his past. His interactions with other characters seemed a bit forced. Peter’s opinion about the Germans changed so quickly that it wasn’t very convincing to me. T
I picked up Auslander because Goodreads recommended it to me, and then I found it in my library. The minute I read the blurb, I knew I had to read this book. I am a huge fan of historical fiction, especially novels set in World War I or World War II. So, I especially enjoyed this because it was set in a period of history I enjoy reading about – World War II and I couldn’t put it down! It did what books set in the war tend to do: shock, fascinate and be totally absorbing. I also really enjoyed th ...more
Danny Marshall

When I found this book in the library and read the blurb, it drew me in straight away. Auslander is a German word which translates to mean ‘foreigner’. This book is a story about a young boy Piotr and what it was like to grow up in Poland as a Nordic looking ‘perfect Aryan specimen’ when the Nazi’s began their occupation. This story follows Piotr from his parent’s death and being taken for ‘racial identification’ to his adoption by a respectable German family and his eventual esc
3,5 estrellas.

Al principio se me hizo un poco pesado, porque el resumen en la solapa hizo que creyera que iba a tener mucho más suspense, cuando en realidad el suspense y la intriga son sólo las últimas 60 páginas. Aún así, me ha parecido una lectura muy interesante, en la que se muestra que la realidad es mucho más complicada que "los buenos" vs "los malos", gracias a que todos los personajes que ha creado el autor, incluidos los secundarios, son redondos y no planos.

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I really enjoyed the view point of this book. The author really explores the characters thoughts, emotions and changing beliefs. I found this a realistic approach to a sensitive and horrific time in our recent history. Many holocaust books take the views of the jewish people and other victims. This would be a great book for teachers to read in school because it focuses on those who are letting, or helping it happen. The main characters evolution from blond Nazi poster child was very believable, ...more
Khalid Halabi
The book “The Ausländer” has an interesting plot. The story begins in Warsaw, Poland. It is August 2, 1941. Nazi doctors are examining Piotr Bruck, a 12-year-old child, who is an orphan. They are looking for children who are Aryan so that German families can adopt them. Once the Nazi doctors look at Piotr, they see an amazing resemblance. Piotr look s exactly like the image of a perfect Nazi. To add on that, Piotr speaks perfect German. A family in Hamburg adopts Piotr the next day. The father ...more
Charlie Thomson
Auslander was filled with action, but the build up of characters was a very important quality as well. I'm afraid that is where Paul Dowswell went weak. He didn't fully give Peter a full background besides that he was an orphan and his parents were killed by the Germans. I would've liked to of heard more about how he was actually part Jewish. And the ending of the story did seem rushed to me. They escaped Germany, then what? And it was also kind of blurry in the end, kind of like inception, hard ...more
Erik Saenz
Me pareció un libro olvidable, esta entretenido pero nada mas, no se adentra en los personajes, la historia no es la gran cosa, tiene ciertos aspectos que me agradaron pero no encontré nada especial en el, pero no me pareció malo, simplemente es X, para pasar el rato.
Ben Kane
This book has been on my radar for some time. It's always interesting to read about the stories of peoples who were on 'the other side' in world conflicts such as WW1 and WW2. This YA story by Dowswell is a delight, dragging us completely into the life of civilians in Germany, and showing us how much the all-pervasive Nazi party-state influenced things. We're all used to the stories of the battles in WW2, but less is known about what went on in Germany's towns and cities. It's quite frightening ...more
I love to read historical fiction, especially about the Nazi era. I found this a refreshing view of the historical time period. I had only read books about this time period from the jews point of view until recently when I read The Book Thief as well as this book. The interesting part about this book and what made it different from The Book Thief was that it was about a German boy. It was about a mixed breed. It was very interesting to read and learn how the mixed breeds were treated. Overall, i ...more
Priscilla Cruz
Well, it is practically impossible to read a WW2 book without finding death in it, especially for the people who tried to help the condemned & the condemned themselves. You start reading this kind of book with a predisposition to shed some tears and feel sorry for humanity; Ausländer doesn't do that for you, instead it gives you a pretty real picture of the atrocities committed by the Nazis from the point of view of a Polish young boy who is sent to Germany after losing his parents in a car ...more
Nov 05, 2011 Phoebe rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Deborah, Telesa, Cheryl, Jon
Shelves: historical-ww2, ya
Peter, a Polish farmboy, is sent to a Warsaw orphanage when his parents are killed. Because of his classic Aryan looks he is selected to be placed with a prominent Berlin family, the father an anthropologist working with the eugenics institute and a staunch Nazi supporter. Peter is grateful to be part of a family, after having his security ripped away, but he doesn't agree one hundred percent with the regime. He joins the Hitler Youth organization and does his part to be a good German citizen, b ...more
There are few enough books that I simply can't get into. Ausländer is one of them. A book with a title like that would be hard enough to sell in the first place, if the book was actually good. Obviously, this is not the case.

While we're on the topic, let's start with the title. German word: okay then, not bad. However, random German is constantly filtered into sentences throughout, as if to say, "Hey, you're in Germany!" No shit, Sherlock. The total redundancy of these words when a translation i
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
I'm a big fan of fiction set in and around the Second World War. I don't know what it is that fascinates me, all I know is that it's a particular point of interest, and has been the subject of some of my favourite books. Auslander is a great addition to war fiction, and though it's not up there with The Book Thief or The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, it's most definitely worth a read.

By reading the first page alone, you can tell Dowswell has done his homework. His attention to detail is almost fla
Peter Bruck is of German decent but born in Poland. He doesn't know that this will change his life. When his parents are killed during the Soviet invasion of Poland, Peter is taken to an orphanage. He is quickly chosen to be re-homed in Germany due to his Nordic looks and his belief that his background is almost completely German.

Germany, of course, at this time is solely focused on racial profiling to get rid of undesirables. Jews, Gypsies, Poles and many others are being forced to labor camps
Arthur Pengerbil
Reading Level: Grades 7 and up

When Piotr's parents are killed he is is sent to an orphanage in Warsaw. But Peter is Volksdeutscher, of German blood, and with his blonde good looks he is the image of a Hitler Youth. Newly christened Peter, he is grateful to escape the misery of the orphanage and to be accepted into the home of a prominent Nazi family. The friendly, jovial father is involved with research into racial purity. While Peter is never a strong supporter of Nazi doctrine, he finds that h
Although this book had promise, I think it fell short of what it could have been and never really reached its potential. I didn't think it was particularly well-written, either, and several times, I actually said, "Are you kidding me?" out loud.

That being said, I've never published a book myself, so maybe I'm being too harsh. Others who read it with me really enjoyed it, and I respect their opinions, but I'm sticking to my own for the time being. After talking about it, I feel like it was perhap
Gabriela Melo
Piotr Bruck (pronuncia - se PIIOTAH - algo como "Pedro" em alemão) é um jovem polonês que perde os pais durante um ataque soviético. Piotr então é mandado para um orfanato, mas por sua aparencia ariana e por ser um volksdeustscher (pessoa de sangue alemão) tem um destino diferente de seus colegas.
Ele é enviado para a casa do professor Franz Kaltenbach. Em seu novo lar recebe o nov nome de Peter.
Na escola aprende amar o Führer, além de acreditar em todos os beneficios que Hitler trará à Alemanh
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