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Hitler Youth by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
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Jan 23, 12

bookshelves: engl-420-ya-lit
Read in January, 2012

Susan Bartoletti's book about the Hitler Youth was truly amazing. It was fascinating hearing the story of the war from the youth of the nation. She did a very very good job of accurately portraying not only the perspective of those young men and women who resisted Hitler, but also those who supported him. And even more impressive, she did so without condemning or villafying them. A quote toward the end about how the youth of the nation were betrayed by their leaders I think truly sums up the tragedy of their story. I couldn't help but make comparisons between the current society and that of Germany as Hitler was gaining power. The fact is there are some alarming parallels. And yet I couldn't help but think that America's youth are safe from the sort of brainwashing the Hitler Jungen underwent if only because of our extreme apathy. But is that really an improvement?

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