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Defying the Nazis: The Story of German Officer Wilm Hosenfeld, Young Readers Edition (Young Readers)

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Initially an ardent admirer of Adolf Hitler, Wilm Hosenfeld became aware of the Third Reich's relentless brutality against the Poles and Jews when he was stationed in Poland. Witnessing the Nazis' inhumanity changed Hosenfeld from an enemy occupier to a rescuer. Hosenfeld's heroic efforts to save Polish citizens was mostly unknown until a scene in the Oscar-winning film, T ...more
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published September 30th 2018 by Star Bright Books
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Yibbie
May 11, 2019 rated it liked it
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I first heard about Wilm Hosenfeld in The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman. The brave German officer who appears at the end of the story like an angel was one of the most intriguing figures in that story. Who was he? Why did he act the way he did? This book helps answer those questions. Actually, some of the most powerful moments in the book are the direct quotes from his journal and letters where we learn exactly what he thought about what was happening around him.
So that is would not be too tr
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Wilm Hosenfeld initially supported Hitler's conquests, but he quickly grew disillusioned with the Nazi party. He was stationed in Poland as the games director, and there he quietly helped as many Poles and Jews as he could, employing them in his office, reunited them with their families, and doing his best to protect them from Nazi brutality. Older readers might have seen one of Hosenfeld's heroic a
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Dawn
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
liked the detail and found it a very interesting read. A period of time that I was very interested in studying while in school and would have found this book helpful. Upper Middle School/High School would probably understand much of it. The early middle school could find all the detail a bit much. For myself, I very much liked the detail how it was written.
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