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One of a series of top-quality fiction for schools. Friedrich is a Jewish boy growing up in pre-war Germany. This story of dramatic, moving and tragic incidents is an indictment of racial hatred.
Published September 1st 2009 by Heinemann Library (first published January 1st 1961)
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I took four years of German classes in high school. German I was a small class, only ten or so people. For German II and III I was the only one that continued, so I had A PRIVATE TUTOR essentially for two years.

As a result, we probably did a lot of things most kids wouldn't get away with in class (by "we" I mean "I," of course) - like listening to OpIvy during finals (cos my teacher was bored and since I'd listened to music while I was studying IT ONLY MADE SENSE to listen to it during the test,
Linda Lipko
You may be inclined to ask what more can be said about the horrors of the holocaust. If so, then read this book.

While somewhat slow in pace, hanging in there will bring reward. In fact, the pace appears deliberate and analogous to the creeping dangers of the Nazi party, that when in full horrific elevation many looked back and realized the day to day progress as one denial after another slowly happened to Jews.

This story is told by Hans whose family is struggling. Out of work in a post WWII Germ
Bebe (Sarah) Brechner
Stunning, unsettling book on the Holocaust. This was the first book written specifically from a child's perspective on the Holocaust, and by a German author. Two boys who are very best friends, one Christian and one Jewish, experience the gradual takeover of mind and society by the Nazi government. The implacable pull of culture and society on the personalities and actions of children during this time is evident here.

The author's matter-of-fact writing was controversial when the book was first p
Pedro R.
The book tells the story of two best friends that witnessed the slow evolution of the nazi party, one is christian, and the other is a jew. The story is told from the point of view of an unnamed character whose family is struggling in a pre World War II economy. The narrator's father struggles to keep his wife and son fed. They live in the same apartment as the Schneiders who are jewish and are living well. They help the narrator's family whenever they can. The goes on during the time Hitler is ...more
Sara Darr
This was another book that I had read during primary school when I was in Y6. It primarily deals with the persecution of the Jews during the Holocaust. It gives you an insight into how life was like for Jews during the World War and the hardship they faced.

Friederich is the story of a young Jewish boy and his Christian friend during the World War. Although they are both friendly neighbours, it details how their lives changed when Hitler came into power. Whereas his Christian friend's family bene
Hans Peter Richter tells the his and fredrichs story of there experience in the holocaust. They are the same age and live in the same town. Friedrich is Jewish. At the beginning of this story Friedrich's family is rich. Hans Peter Richter who tells the story is poor. the book follows the timeline of when Hitler comes into power and starts the holocaust. Hans Peter Richter’s father joins the Nazi party. The book tells the story of how all the jewish family's lose there rights.
This book was alr
English Education
***spoiler alert*** TW: death
Friedrich tells the story of a special friendship between a non-Jewish and the Jewish boy, Friedrich Schneider, during Hitler’s rise to power and reign. Although the story is told from the perspective of the non-Jewish boy, Friedrich is the protagonist who gives insights into the persecution of Jews. He finds a girlfriend, but has to stop seeing her pretty soon because of the consequences of this relationship she would have to face. Making money, illegally hiding a r
The slow, sure denigration then destruction of a German Jewish family told through the eyes of their non-Jewish neighbours, particularly their son, in the years following Hitler's rise to power. Told with with a clear, unemotional prose that is devastating in the apparent simplicity of its storytelling. 'Friedrich' brings home the human cost of extreme prejudice and mob politics like no other book I've read. It's suitable for anyone above the age of about 12.
Dannuel Saùl Delizo
"His luck that he died this way." - The Nazis clearly tortured the non-Aryans around Germany. January 30, 1933, when Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of German Reich, prospering and simple Jews began to be threatened. When the Reichstag empowered Hitler to enact laws on its behalf in March 1933, the holocaust has begun.

In 1933, there were 500,000 Jews living in the Third Reich. But when President Paul von Hindenburg died, Adolf Hitler was unstoppable. He declared himself President and Chancellor
A short and bitter story about the pre-WWII era in Germany. Spanning from 1925 to 1942, it tells the story of two neighbouring families - one Jewish and one Catholic - living in Berlin. Both families have sons who grow up together and become best friends, but their lives become more and more complicated as the NSDAP (the Nazi Party) starts growing.

We all know the results of WWII but it was quite spooky seeing antisemitism taking shape, and especially seeing it through the eyes of a 10-year-old b
Julie Suzanne
May 28, 2009 Julie Suzanne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle school students
Recommended to Julie by: Noonan
The nameless narrator recounts a series of memories that illuminate Friedrich's story as a Jew in German society during the thirties and early forties. There is no concentration camp or ghetto in this narrative, but rather the gradual discrimination that the family endures, never believing that there is a real threat; never in this century could people revert to the savagery of the middle ages.

The narrator explains what he did, what he thought, how the friendship grew & changed, but never se
Juli Rahel
I myself am half-German and have read a lot of books on the Second World War and the Holocaust. This was definitly one of the books that touched me the most. It was so sad and horrible.

The book was written in 1961 for the first time and was written by Hans Peter Richter. The book is written from the perspective of a young boy, Christian, who lives during the Third Reich. He lives in the same building as the Jewish boy Friedrich. The more power Hitler gets the more problems Friedrich has. He get
Das Buch spielt in der Zeit des Nationalsozialismus. Hauptfigur ist ein jüdischer Junge, der aus der Ich-Perspektive erzählt.
Am Anfang ist alles friedlich. Er wohnt mit Friedrich im selben Haus, spielt mit seinem besten Freund. Doch dann kommt Hitler an die Macht. Und der Junge muss merken, wie sich für ihn als Jude die Welt ändert.Das Buch steht unter dem Motto, das Hans Peter Richter an den Anfang des Buches setzt:
Damals waren es die Juden.
Heute sind es dort die Schwarzen, hier die Stu
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Mandi | No Apathy Allowed
After finishing Der Vorleser, I was determined to try another novel in German. Damals war es Friedrich (or simply Friedrich, if you're reading the English version) appealed to me because it was already on my bookshelf, relatively short, and written for young adults (which made it pretty easy to read). The story is certainly a moving one, told from a young boy's perspective. I appreciated the descriptions of how Germany turned into Nazi Germany, not over night, but through small changes over time ...more
Neil Thompson
In this excelent book the author, Hans Peter Richter, writes about his life and his friend's life during the Holocaust and before. The plot isn't largely a plot, if that makes any sense, because it mostly talks about the evolution of the severity of the Holocaust.This story took place in the 1930's to the 1940's in Germany. The setting seems very real and you can almost picture each moment. I belive that the theme of this story is "Treat others the way you want to be treated.
The author tells th
Taya  Kennedy
"Friedrich" written by Hans Peter Richter, is an inspirational book about a young boy and his best friend who is a Jew. Since a young age they have been inseperable and have faced all of their problems together. Unfortunately they are forced to fend for themselves when Hitler and the Nazi party rise to power. Things are changing for the Jews and they are being discriminated against and treated very unfairly. As Friedrich and his best friend mature, they are wanting to expierence new things, but ...more
Kristine Kouba
Plot Summary - short and easy read about the Holocaust.. one of my favorite subjects to read about - this was my "published before you were born" book: published 1987. The narrator is German and his best friend is Jewish. The narrator tells the story through his perspective, and the discimination that takes place againist the Jews is described. This story reminded me a bit of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas because the characters in the story are young boys and they don't completely understand wh ...more
Ich war sehr begeistert dieses Buch zu lesen als ich gewusst hatte dass es über das Leiden von den Juden während der Nazis Zeit spricht .Während des Lesens, war ich sehr berührt und traurig und es tat mir sehr leid was die Juden hatten erleben mussen.
Aber trotzdem .... die Juden haben kein Recht die Palästinische zu unterdrucken und toten da sie von den Nazis schlecht behandelt worden .
Es gibt immer in der Welt Leute die Ungerechtigkeit erleben ... dass muss natürlich nicht so sein.
Ich hab imme
Jeder sollte diese Buch gelesen haben.

Zwei Jungen wachsen im selben Haus auf und gehen in die selbe Schulklasse. Jeder wird als einziges Kind von verständnis- und liebevollen Eltern erzogen. Selbstverständlich werden sie gute Freunde und jeder ist in der Familie des anderen daheim. Doch Friedrich Schneider ist Jude und allmählich wirft der Nationalsozialismus seine Schatten über ihn. Langsam gleitet die Geschichte aus der heilen Kinderwelt in ein unfassbares Dunkel.

Translates from German

Two boys
I like Friedrich was a great book for it's time period. But, certainly not Hans Peter Richter's best books. I do say he is a fascinating author. But, this book wasn't my all time favorite. It kind of confused me a lot towards the ending. Also, the ending was so quickly ended. But, I guess the book was okay. Apparently, it wasn't my genre at all. I thought they should of wrote it from Friedrich's point of view. Since the events were effecting him more than the narrator in this story. If it Friedr ...more
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Hiina Shiota
I think that it was a good book. I got to know how the Jewish people were discriminated by the Nazis and Germans. I thought that it was a very sad story, too. I would like to recommend to anyone who are learning about the Holocaust.
Das erste Mal habe ich dieses Buch vor ungefähr 25 Jahren in der Schule gelesen und erinnere mich, dass es viel Eindruck auf uns gemacht hat. Nun lese ich es mit Kursteilnehmern, die Deutsch auf fortgeschrittenem Niveau lernen, und ich muss zugeben, dass ich nicht mehr genau wusste, was in diesem Buch passiert. Worum es geht, ist ja klar, und das es kein Spass sein würde, war auch klar - trotzdem haben mich ein paar Kapitel kalt erwischt, und die letzten 20 Seiten habe ich (vermutlich genau wie ...more
This book has an interesting plot that moves through the years of the Holocaust through two families eyes. The identifiable setting is the Holucaust known for its inhumane and horrifying events. The themes are unforgetable and worthwhile, one of them is friendship. The consistent and believable characters show resilience and human nature as they live and lose loved ones throughout the book. The engaging writing style keeps you reading to find out the fate of each character. The point of view is ...more
Nick Coddington
Although written for the middle school reader, this novel is deep enough to be discussed on a myriad of levels. In fact, it is a great book for parents to read along with their children and discuss together. The layers of the book are deep enough that most middle school students will miss them and allow for excellent discussions with adults. As a history teacher, I am always looking for novels that enable every level of reader in my class to be challenged intellectually. This book does it. I hig ...more
Gosh, it's so hard saying that I liked a Holocaust book. This was a good one though. Similar plot as several others in this genre, but Friedrich is such a rich character, it feels new. The different thing about this book is the use of the narrator. The story is told completely from his perspective. He's a German boy who joins the Volks group and is just trying to grow up without a lot of drama. His family stays very loyal to Friedrich's family until the end. Other than that, you learn little abo ...more
Amanda O'Donnell
I read this book in English, it was one of the few school books I enjoyed. I learnt many things about prejudice and discrimination against the Jews during World War II. It shows us how the Jews were prosecuted and treated unfairly while putting in all the the emotions inside.

When Friedrich Schneider was eight years old, Adolf Hitler cam eto power in Germany. Some Germans welcome the new leader, but not Friedrich and his family, who were Jews. This story is about how the Jews led their lives unde
Zwei Jungen wachsen im selben Haus auf und gehen in dieselbe Schulklasse. Jeder wird als einziges Kind von verständnis- und liebevollen Eltern erzogen. Selbstverständlich werden sie Freunde, und jeder ist in der Familie des anderen daheim.
Doch Friedrich Schneider ist Jude, und allmählich wirft der Nationalsozialismus seine Schatten über ihn. Friedrichs Freund, der zwar bis zuletzt an Friedrich hängt, kann ihm immer weniger zur Seite stehen, da er selbst dem Zwang seiner Zeit ausgelief
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Hans Peter Richter (1926–1993) was a German author. Born in Cologne, Germany, went to school in Germany, went to the university of Hannover, and graduated in 1968. He also spent some of his life in the German army. Richter wrote many books for children and young adults. Notable among them is the novel Friedrich (in German Damals War Es Friedrich), about the persecution of Jews in Germany during th ...more
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