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Mischling, Second Degree: My Childhood in Nazi Germany

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The memoirs of a German girl who became a leader among the Hitler Youth while her Social Democratic family kept from her the secret of her partial Jewish heritage.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 1st 1990 by Puffin Books (first published 1977)
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I'm not sure when I read this only that it was before I read the diary of anne frank & it moved me in an unusually stark & horrific way. I was so distraught by this book that I read pre-7th grade, that I made my Daddy read it as I considered him an expert on all things German & wanted him to tell me it wasn't true. It was the first time I saw my Daddy cry about a book & take to his bed on Sat., not for a nap because he was tired but because of all the memories it caused to resurf ...more
Aug 27, 2008 rated it liked it
Caleb and I are currently learning about Germany. I found this book and thought that it would be a good reader for us to read together.
Despite the fulsome blurb and the slightly less uncritical Foreword, this is not a particularly extraordinary book. The author leaves out a lot of things she discovered later (for example, her father was undoubtedly forced to divorce her mother, because this was required by the Nuremberg Laws of 1934). Leaving out things the child hadn't known is arguably a sensible decision, although there should have been more footnotes providing updates.

Other things, however, seem to have been deliberately el
Mar 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I might not have read this if I hadn't been in a cabin with very few books at the time, but I'm glad I did. I don't remember it being great literarily, but its being a true story & a very unique look into Nazi Germany made it very much worth reading. It gave me an extra feel for the time and for the fact that truth is stranger than fiction; a few things happened that I would have dismissed as really over-the-top if this were a novel. One thing I remember especially vividly is the preparation ...more
Jane Fournier
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book while cleaning out my husbands bookshelf after he passed. He marked it in 2001 "good reading". I was surprised that he had read it as he was raised as a Jew in a Jewish children's home in San Francisco and such readings usually made him sad. But I decided to read to see what he meant. It is a VERY good read. Told by the author, as she is the child in the book. Really brought to realism how life in Berlin and surrounding areas was from 1926 until 1945. No matter their party affi ...more
this book was quite the story of Survival and how family differed in the New Germanic State under Adolf Hitler.
Also the bombing of Berlin.
Russians invasion of Germany & Berlin.
Survival of not being sent to camps or raped by Russians.
Her romance w/American Soldier.
Rate it w/"Corrie Ten Boom", Movie, "Rape of Berlin? or Something to that effect".
Jul 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Elaine by: Sandi Palmer
I read this many years ago, so don't remember a lot of detail and did not take a lot of notes back then. But this is a 10-year-old girl's story of growing up in Nazi Germany. I remember thinking it was told in a way that did not leave you feeling depressed as so many in the genre do. You can read the Goodreads synopsis for the description.
May 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
The cover of this book is deceptive. It looks like a book for mid-elementary school, but it has the "sh.." swear word in several parts. Overall, very good. Although a diary, it is not at all like Anne Frank.
Karine Martel
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pour ceux qui s'intéressent à l'Allemagne, aux conflits de la seconde guerre. C'est une toute autre façon de voir les évènements. Une perspective que je n'avais pas envisagée. Un livre qui ne m'a pas laissé indifférente.
Interesting, but the writing was at times quite wooden and parts were difficult to follow. Interesting to see what it was like for Ilse as a Hitler Youth girl.
Oct 02, 2011 rated it liked it
I read one review were it stated the writing was "wooden". That is a good way to describe it. However it has an important historical account.
Kate B
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Thought-provoking account of a girl in Nazi Germany.
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This is Ilse Koehn's story of growing up Jewish in Nazi Germany - and how she "hid in plain sight."

By joining the Hitler Youth.
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
so interesting and gave me a broader understanding of Nazi Germany
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
very funny, couldnt stop laughing a++
Lauren Burnham
Jan 11, 2013 rated it liked it
It is a good outline of what some of the children of Nazi Germany had to go through. I wish that it wasn't so jerky in the reading.
A.P. Roberts
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in WWII. It is a different view than most survival stories and shows how dark war can be.
Helen Elgin
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The thing I remember most about this is how she was saved from the gas chambers by her long blonde plaits that Dr Mengele touches as she goes through the selection process.
May 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoirs, non-fiction
Young Jews, hidden by sympathizers, WWII
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Indeed an amazing book,childhood in Nazi Germany--something I knew nothing about--so glad I read this and learned such a lot.
Virginia Ullrich-serna
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The biography of a young German girl during WWII. The and the 4 books by Horst Christian are excellent stories of the lives of children raised during the years of Hitler ' s rule 8th Germany.
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