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The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
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Feb 29, 12

really liked it
bookshelves: 6th-grade, 7th-grade, 5th-grade, j-non-fic
Read in February, 2012

The story of a young boy/man growing up in Nazi-era Germany who feels compelled to not only illegally listen to foreign radio (the BBC) but to spread the truth by typing up leaflets. As a Mormon, Helmuth cannot agree with the Nazi's about the treatment of Jews nor believe the propaganda fed to him, even though defying one's government is against one the tenets of his religion. As a young man, Helmuth starts his journey idealistically, not really believing there will ever be any consequences for him. When everything goes horribly wrong, he becomes a man and makes sure that he takes the brunt of the punishment in order to save his friends' lives. This was an interesting account, while fictionalized, of how this young person fought back in a small, but very important way. I like to imagine that there were many more people like Helmuth who did what they could to undermine Nazi power.

This is based on a real person and includes author notes at the end, including some of the responses from interviews with people that survived and knew Helmuth personally.

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