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A compelling true story of three LDS teens fight for freedom.

"Rudi Wobbe: Charged with Preparation to High Treason and Aiding and Abetting the Enemy."

Thus began the trial of Rudi Wobbe and two of his teenage friends as they stood before the justices of the dreaded Voksgerichtshof, the infamous supreme court of Nazi Germany. All the power and indignation of the Third Re

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Paperback, 184 pages
Published June 1st 2002 by Covenant Communications (first published June 1st 1992)
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Abby
Aug 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I knew this book was about three LDS teenagers who stood up to Hitler during Nazi Germany, but I always thought it seemed logical that some Mormon kids would do that. Why would any Mormons NOT stand up against Hitler, right? Wrong! It was fascinating (and terrifying) to learn what Nazi Germany was like, even for members of the church. There was a branch president who put up a sign banning anyone with a Jewish heritage from entering the building. Members thought that Hitler was called of God, the ...more
Jensen
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story was about three LDS teens that hand out hand bills about the truth of Hitler and the Nazis. The main characters were Rudi Wobbe, Helmuth Huebener, and Karl-Heinz the 3 German LDS teens fight for freedom. My favorite character was all three of the LDS teens. There was a times when robbers try to get away from the law and hide and one day 2 robbers came by our school and we had to be on lock down it felt like i was in jail for an hour. The 3 LDS teens have been to jail. They hated what H ...more
Kathryn
May 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Wow! I had heard about these three teenage German boys and how they were arrested for distrubuting anti-Nazi leaflets, and had seen the Documentary, but this was the first book about it I have read. It was gripping, to say the least. This book is written by Rudi Wobbe so it is from his perspective and about his specific experience. This book gave me a whole new appreciation for those who had the courage to fight against the Nazi regime and paid the ultimate price. I wonder if I would have had th ...more
Amiee
Feb 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Amy
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a powerful biography! I remember now that my grandmother bought it for me when I was 14, and this is the book I've been trying to remember the title of for 6 months. It is a life changer. Focuses on core values, fighting for right and freedom, and trusting in God. All the while giving lots of great German centered WWII experiences.
My only critique is that I wish he would have had a professional writer help. It could have used a really good editor for order, sentence structure and word c
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Francie
Apr 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read this fascinating story many years ago after finding it on my mother-in-law's bookcase. She said that Rudi Wobbe was somehow related to my husband's family (turns out his daughter is married to Ken's cousin) and that it was a true story. This is a wonderful account of three teenage boys in Nazi Germany who stand up to the Nazi regime. It is a story that has become even more personal to me this past year as my son Caleb played the role of Helmuth Hubener in the movie "Resistance Movement".
Anneliese
Mar 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: interested in biographies
this is a captivating story. it's hard for me to really feel like i understand how the people in the book feel about many things because my life has been so different. i hope that i'm never in a position to really empathize.
Julia
Jul 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in 2 days. A quick read but very powerful. I admire his enduring love for his friend, respect him for the horror he lived through, and hope I could continue a worthwhile life despite the terrible experiences he had to endure.
Cindy
Apr 05, 2009 rated it liked it
Three LDS youth choose not to be Hitler youth. They are not well received by their peers, and yet they are valiant to what they think is right. This book causes reflective thinking...would I stand up for truth? Would I look at my options or just go with the flow?
Camille
great book. a must read. eye-opener :)
Nate Bringhurst
May 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book is clearly written by an amateur and its sometimes hard to understand what is going on. But it is such an amazing story its easy to forget about the poor writing.
Mayde
May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love factual recountings from the holocaust era. The writing wasn't phenomenal but it was neat to read about that time period from an LDS German perspective.
Katie
May 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is an amazing story of a young german boy (15)and his friends who rebel against Nazism during WWII. Amazing story.
Amber
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an incredibly moving story of one young boy's experience of Nazi brutality during WW2.

The depravity of the Nazi regime knew no bounds. They were a cult of death. The fact that people not only survived the ravages of WW2 from the inside-as a German who defied the authorities-is a testament of the indomitable will of the human spirit.

This is an inspiring story of faith and positive attitude,and although the subject matter is grim, is suitable for 7th grade and up.

Rudi and his 2 friends listen
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Brent
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up from a general cleanup of my grandparents home prior to selling. The most interesting part of the true story of 3 LDS teens in Nazi Germany opposing the illegitimate government was related to how politics influenced church services, from members of the church considering Hitler the Savior of Germany, to others suggesting the strong genealogical efforts of the church were paralleled in the Nazi's demand for Aryan descendancy.

As a warning to our day, being able to see beyond the
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Melanie
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is about Rudi Wobbe and his two friends that dared to distribute anti-Natzi propaganda during World War II. They were German teenagers at the time and were eventually caught. I thought Rudi's story was compelling and interesting. I have not read many books about native German resistance during WWII. Rudi, Helmuth and Karl-Heinz were all heroes, in my eyes, and very courageous.
Jeri Lin
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a favorite book in my youth. As I read it again, I enjoyed the incredible story of three boys who did not fear to stand up for truth. It is less of a “story” or novel than I remember, but rather a telling of history. Still, it was an enjoyable read and one I highly recommend.
Carolyn
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm glad for all who share their stories of surviving the terrible atrocities of WWII. It's impressive that these three young men stood up for the Jews at risk of their own lives. One of them reminded me of an Abinidi from the Book of Mormon.
Debbie
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Loretta
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Amazing people in the book. True story, which makes it even more amazing.
Joe N.
An excellent book I highly recommend.
Jennifer Parent
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a wonderful read for a personal account of three young LDS Youth living in Germany who stood up and did what was right to preserve freedom and to follow God's teachings in circumstances where it was not easy to stand up for humanity and principle. The main author, Rudi Wobbe, was one of the youth who lived through the experience. He speaks about how the example of his friend encouraged him to have courage, and he talks about his experience being convicted of treason, being imprisoned, a ...more
Rachel
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is my 2nd time reading this book, and I am glad I read it again, because I had forgotten a lot. Rudi's faith in God and his testimony of the LDS Gospel helps him during WWII and through his faith he is able to withstand and survive being imprisoned by the Nazi's for standing up to what he believed. (For those who are not of the LDS faith, and are scared it is mainly about the religion, it is not. If you believe in God, and want to know how someone can survive concentration camps, then read ...more
J.S.
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"There are times and places where children do not dream any more about how to commit pranks, but about how to take the government to task."
— Stephan Hermlin

Rudi Wobbe grew up in Nazi Germany. As a boy his family joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (also known as the LDS or Mormon Church) and he eventually became friends with two other LDS boys, Helmuth Huebener and Karl-Heinz Schnibbe. Rudi resisted joining the Hitler Youth despite the intense pressure, and as he and his frie
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Lauralie
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
" Through their unscrupulous terror tactics against young and old, men and women, they have succeeded in making you spineless puppets to do their bidding" This is a statement written to German boys from Helmuth Heubener in one of the pamphlets he and his friends distributed. I was aware of this particular story, but only in passing. I knew that a few young LDS boys had taken a stand against Hitler's propaganda, but I had not read the details. After reading many books on the different concentrati ...more
Darla
Feb 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
(Genre:autobiographical non-fiction) I started reading this almost 3 years ago and got part way thru it and set it aside because I knew the story and what would happen next and it was depressing. At the time, I needed to read something a little happier and more diverting. So I set it aside, fully meaning to finish it a few weeks later. Alas, later didn't happen until this week. I finished the book in one day and really enjoyed it. I like history. And to hear history from the mouth of someone tha ...more
05samv
Oct 12, 2011 added it
Well i really liked this book for a lot of reasons and i will just share a couple of those with you. First of all i loved how intelligent these fifteen year old boys were and how grown up they were for there age. second of all i loved the main idea of the book.

Another thing that i loved about the book was the charecters i loved the charecters and all that they did to try to make the people of germany realize that what hitler was doing was not good infact it was terrible. I also liked how when th
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Mel Foster
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Age 12 and up,
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Diane
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Rudi Wobbe was 16 years when sentenced to 10 years in a labor/concentration camp + time after that until the Hitler regime was convinced that he was no longer a political threat. Another friend from church was sentenced to 4 years. His dear friend and fellow LDS teen, Helmuth Huebener, was sentenced to die by Hitler, despite appeals from even the Gestapo. Their offense? Listening to BBC London radio after which Helmuth wrote handbills telling people in their neighborhood the truth of the war and ...more
Sandy
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: war
"Rudi Wobbe: Charged with Preparation to High Treason and Aiding and
Abetting the Enemy"

Thus began the trial of Rudi Wobbe and two of his teenage friends as they
stood before the justices of the dreaded Voksgerichtshof, the infamous
supreme court of Nazi Germany. All the power and indignation of the Third
Reich now focused on these three young men who dared to distribute the
truth about the war to their neighbors. If found guilty, they faced
imprisonment--and perhaps even death.

Why did they do it? Bec
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“Helmuth said that Mann felt it would be even more difficult to bring about a revolution in Germany because the German people are so fatalistic. While they are deep thinkers who love philosophy, they have a deep suspicion that there really is no great meaning or purpose to life. Thus, they seek security above all else and are unwilling to overthrow a bad government because of the attitude, 'What difference would it make anyway?' Hence, Helmuth concluded, the people were willing to accept Hitler because, in some perverse way, he managed to create for them a fatal feeling of safety.” 2 likes
“While the Nazi party never officially condemned the Christian churches of the country (Hitler didn't want that problem on top of all the others), they undermined the meaning of Christianity by slowly replacing people's allegiance to God with loyalty to the party.” 1 likes
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