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Hitler Youth by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
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Oct 26, 10

it was amazing

Since informational texts about the Holocaust are so often presented from the perspective of the victims, I found it fascinating to read about it from the perspective of those who fully supported Hitler, and who grew up in Germany with involvement in the war that affected so many worldwide. admire the bravery of the individuals who, within the book, spoke openly about their involvement in Hitler Youth during the time; while what they were doing may not have been right, it was hard for them to tell at the time, especially since information was not being relayed accurately to the German population as a whole during this time. Regardless, I’m sure it is difficult for them to talk about their involvement during this terrible time in world history. This would definitely be a fantastic resource to use in a classroom when studying the Holocaust, to help children (and adults) understand how Hitler got so many people to support his cause, and to understand that many involved in the war had no idea what the entire story was.

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Kristen Mcchesney I also thought that this different perspective of WWII and the Holocaust was meaningful and an important untold account of the power that the Third Reich held over German society. I always show the movie Swing Kids in class during our pre-WWII unit and I think this book would be a nice companion piece to the film.

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