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Friedrich

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,849 Ratings  ·  115 Reviews
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.
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Published September 1st 2009 by Heinemann Library (first published January 1st 1961)
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sj
Mar 24, 2013 sj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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Eric Boot
Mein Deutsch ist noch nicht so gut, also, nicht lächeln :) Aber ich möchte es versuchen. Okay, jetzt geht's los:
Damals war es Friedrich war nicht so schlecht wie andere Bücher die ich lesen muss für Deutsch und Englisch. Der Abschluß war so traurig! Ich gebe das Buch 3 Sterne, weil es am Anfang ein bisschen langweilig war. Die Ende machte aber viel gut. Damals war es Friedrich war eine angenehme Überraschung!
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
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Linda Lipko
Sep 27, 2011 Linda Lipko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Pedro R.
Oct 03, 2013 Pedro R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Victoria Minks
Jul 07, 2016 Victoria Minks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is the kind of book that already in the first chapter you get an achy feeling in your heart--because you know the happiness within it is so very fragile. The pain in your chest gets deeper and stronger the more you read, watching these two boys grow up pre-WWII and into the war. And then you finish. You close the book. And you cry.

You don't cry only for Friedrich, though you wish you could reach a hand out to him and comfort him. You cry for the boy who is his friend (The unnamed Narrator)
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Edwina Hall Callan
Best Friends ... A Jew and A Gentile.

World War 2 and the Holocaust as seen through the eyes of two young boys.
Riveting and heartbreaking.
Highly recommended to everyone.
Jack Roteman
The book I read was Friedrich By Hans Peter Richter and was set in the early thirties. The main character is a young Jewish boy named Friedrich. He is very smart. I said this because on page 101 Friedrich had been fixing lamps to make money. Also, Friedrich is a very happy person. On page 2 its said that he hung out with someone that he had never really met before and they played for hours. Lastly, I think Friedrich is brave. I say this because on page 100 his mother died and he had to live with ...more
Julie Suzanne
May 28, 2009 Julie Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Sara Darr
Oct 03, 2011 Sara Darr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nick
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
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Lauren
May 17, 2016 Lauren rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was a real snooze.

The narrative was more a collection of memories, rather than a true narrative.

I don't recommend this book.
Bettina Lippenberger
Inhalt: Zwei Jungen wachsen im selben Haus auf. Sie unterscheiden sich kaum vorneinander.
Haben die gleichen Interessen. Der einzige Unterschied ist das Friedrich Jude ist und
sein Freund Christ. Trotz aller Widrigkeiten bleiben sie Freunde bis zum Schluss.

Geschichte: Der Schreibstil ist klar und bringt die Situationen immer auf den Punkt.
Eindrücklich erzählt der Autor von der Zeit, in der die beiden leben. Wie die Gefühle
aufgrund der äußeren EInflüsse sich verändern. So entfernen sich die zwe
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Jill
Mar 29, 2016 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Richard
Dec 11, 2012 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Akiel
Dec 14, 2015 Akiel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Viktoria♡
Jan 23, 2016 Viktoria♡ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ich hab das Buch mit meiner Klasse gelesen als ich in der 6 oder 7 war :)
Der Anfang machte mich persönlich schon etwas traurig durch die Schreibweise und als dann noch später schlimme Dinge passierten ( die in Deutschland wegen des antisemitismusses während des zweiten Weltkrieges tagtäglich passierten ), tat mein Herz weh. :(
Auch wenn ich nicht wenig Romane über den zweiten Weltkrieg in Deutschland und den Juden gelesen habe ( Bsp. Die Bücherdiebin & Bis ans Ende der Geschichte ), nahmen mi
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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
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Niki
Jan 29, 2015 Niki rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Horrible. Period.
Cathy
Jul 19, 2015 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classroom 7th grade
Ethan Huynh
May 31, 2015 Ethan Huynh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yal-reàd
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Irma
Apr 22, 2014 Irma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-read, lang-de
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
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Juli Rahel
Jun 05, 2015 Juli Rahel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Melanie
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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
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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
Emma
Feb 29, 2016 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Imagine having your best friend pulled away from you and having to move to a concentration camp. Friedrich was this boy’s best friend. He was very jealous of Freirich, because his parents were well off and he lived in a huge house. One day all of that was gone. Natzis invaded his house and took all of there belonings. Now they have to live in a concentration camp. Will they survive?
I did not enjoy this book because it was very boring and slow moving. It was also very confusing.
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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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