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Hitler Youth by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
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Nov 16, 2011

it was amazing

"Hitler Youth: Growing Up In Hitler’s Shadow" by Susan Campbell Bartoletti is a great book that offers a different view of the Nazi Party and the followers. As Americans, we are taught in schools at a young age that the Nazi Party was totally evil and that all followers were evil people as well. A vast majority of the time, students are taught that the Nazi Party and WWII and the Holocaust are all the sole content of the time period but the book barely addresses the Holocaust. This book addresses the team of young youth that Hitler recruited into an organization which would train and raise the children to become future leaders of Nazi Germany.

The Nazi Party may have taught some “bad” ideals to the youth but they also structured the youth and taught them to be strong individuals with strong leadership skills and that in itself is not a bad thing. The book examines the lives of real people that served in the Hitler Youth and follows their lives from the time in which they served up into in the years following the collapse. The book is very interesting and educational because it broadens the spectrum of ideas on how the Nazi Party was and how it operated. Though many ideals were not “good”, the Nazi Party was not all bad and this book highlights those ways and educates the reader so that truth is revealed and some light is shed on the facts of the Nazi Party and the impact that it had on its youth.

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Natalie Chambers I so greatly enjoyed this book too, it gave such an unknown and unique insight into the history surronding WWII and Nazis, things I had never known before. I was astounded and awed at what I read in Bartoletti's book!

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