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Children and Fire by Ursula Hegi
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Mar 07, 12

Read in March, 2012

This was supposed to be one day in Germany in 1934 with flashbacks to a teacher's background to try and help us understand her as she gives up more and more of her values to espouse those dictated by Hitler for classroom teaching. I slogged through the protions telling about teaching days. I felt it took days and days. The children did not come alive for me. I enjoyed hearing the story of the teacher, Thekla Jansen as she grew up with a beloved father who lost his mental faculties eventually and her mother's work in the house of the man who was Thekla's biological father.

The book is true in that people go along with shielding themselves from reality until it is too late to change a course, in this case, all folks following Hitler's dictates.
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