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Hitler Youth by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
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Mar 06, 2016

really liked it
bookshelves: newbery, 1930s, 1940s, calvin-festival, newbery-honor, world-war-2, young-adult-non-fiction
Read in March, 2012

Young readers will identify with the youth of Germany much more than the history of battles and politics of WW2. Seduced by hikes, camping trips and peer pressure in the 1930s, children as young as eight became complicit to Hitlers murderous reign. Ten- to fourteen-year-olds put up a last resistance in Munich even after Berlin had fallen and Hitler was dead. The author tells the stories of individual children, both participants and resisters, and we get a glimpse of what motivated them. These were real people with the same desires for fun, approval and to be a part of something that mattered as modern American young people. A powerful book that I hope will motivate young people to be sure it never happens again.
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