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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,780 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Campbell Bartoletti Narrator: Kathrin Kana Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2006 ISBN: 9780739336632
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On January 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor of Germany, thanks largely to the efforts of the Hitler Youth, whose organized propaganda marches throughout Germany helped the Nazi Party grow in strength. By 1939, it is estimated that more than seven million boys and girls belonged to the Hitler Youth.
Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow is the riveting and often chilling tale of a generation of young people who devoted their energy and passion to the Hitler Youth organization and left an indelible mark on world history. Award-winning author Susan Campbell Bartoletti infuses the work with the voices of both former Hitler Youth members and young people who resisted the powerful Nazi movement. These voices stand alongside those of Jewish youths and others who were senselessly and brutally targeted by the Third Reich. What emerges is the story of average children and teenagers faced with extraordinary and unenviable choices. The paths taken by the Hitler Youth and their struggle to come to terms with their actions at the end of World War II are sure to spark debate among young readers faced with the question of whether the horrors of Hitler’s Germany could ever cast dark shadows again. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tessa | 2/15/2014

    " This book was incredibly eye-opening for me. It cemented in my mind the reasons why I am a protective parent; why I homeschool; why we study scripture as a family; why we attend church as a family; why our family culture and mission is my full time occupation; why children are an heritage of the Lord. All I can say is that anyone who is a student of history and/or who has children should read this book and see what is has to teach you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Owen | 2/5/2014

    " I've been going back and reading Newbery Medal and Honor books recently to prepare for having foster kids. Hitler Youth is an excellent book for kids in upper elementary or middle school. The subject matter is of course difficult to read, but not overly gruesome. This is focused less on what happened to the Jews and more on how millions of children got sucked into Hitler's delusions. A worthwhile read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Starlet Laura | 1/30/2014

    " Reading this was an excellent primer for the events, people, countries involved in World War II, specifically Hitler Germany beginning in the 30's. For me, it relayed in a very simple and understandable way a mini history lesson that I will always retain. I've read quite a bit of Holocaust literature, and this is the first book about the Hitler youth and their incredible influence on the Hitler movement - what an eye opener. It was a very interesting and exciting read and only 4 disks long (Audio). I highly recommend -- young adult approved, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 1/21/2014

    " This was excellent but quite haunting. I didn't know anything about the HItler Youth before reading this and really the facts presented are just so terrible. It was extremely well-written though, with excellent accompanying photographs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tori Jarrard | 1/10/2014

    " Awesome book! Simply written with lots of very interesting facts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 704william | 1/7/2014

    " This book provided me with very interesting facts about ww2 at times it can be a very graphic but it is good to know. if you do not learn history u will repeat it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reba | 1/3/2014

    " This book is an eye-opening account of the children and teens that followed Adolph Hitler. This book contains pictures, a timeline and an epilogue which tells what became of some of the young followers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 12/28/2013

    " Reading for my book group. I never knew about how Hitler trained the German youth, so I am finding it very interesting. Not surprising though! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 12/14/2013

    " Having always been weirdly attracted to books about Nazi Germany, this is the first book that made me see how it could have happened. Really scary "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melinda | 12/14/2013

    " This book is a wonderful presentation of stories many have not heard of the youth of Germany during the Hitler Youth program. The stories are written at a level that young readers can follow and older readers will find an "easy read." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyler Boon | 12/9/2013

    " This is an interesting book if you take the time to read it and it's a little sad because there is actual stories about what happened to certain people, and what they had to say on it instead of it saying what it was like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawn | 9/20/2013

    " it was a book filled with details on hitler and the early part of his life "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 rebecca clark | 6/20/2013

    " it is very interesting. i learned alot about how the many different programs were run and how much hitler influenced the country through the youth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Preston | 4/2/2013

    " It really has great information about Nazi Germany "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Talen | 3/22/2013

    " Very good details about the Hitler Youth Program in Nazi Germany "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 12/12/2012

    " This book is not about Hitle, but his influence and training of the youth of Germany. It is a different insight that we never learn about n our history books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 9/20/2012

    " I do not naturally gravitate to nonfiction; however, Susan Campbell Bartoletti is an amazing researcher and has a gift for presenting her information. I'm a fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhodema | 9/17/2012

    " Hard read but important to never forget. I didn't know that HItler planned his takeover by capturing the minds of youth and turning them against their own parents. His plan was laid years before the actual horrors began. The youth were the first to take up his cause and the last to lay it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Safiyyah | 8/14/2011

    " this book is a must-read about the Houlocast! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 5/2/2011

    " Excellent book on the subject for kids and adults alike. I gained a much greater understanding of how a normal group of people can be pulled into the orbit of a great evil. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sophie | 4/26/2011

    " Had to read it for school...very informational. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candice | 4/12/2011

    " One of my favorites! This book is full of great pictures. It does a wonderful job depicting what life was like as a child and teenager during the rein of Hitler. I got to talk to the author on the phone in one of my library science classes, it was a great experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 4/11/2011

    " Very fascinating! The in-depth story of Hitler's boy and girl clubs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanie | 4/6/2011

    " A good overview of Hitler's plan to turn young people into an unbeatable fighting machine. Lots of good pictures, some perspective that hadn't occurred to me, and some information that I didn't know. If this were Facebook, I'd click "Like." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Preston | 3/7/2011

    " It really has great information about Nazi Germany "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angelene | 3/4/2011

    " A great read. I learned so much about a part of World War II I'd never given much thought. Would be an interesting discussion starter with students. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/30/2011

    " I thought this book was interesting and sad as it shared the events and thoughts of different Hilter Youth and the role they played in the war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mirele | 12/27/2010

    " Interesting perspective on Nazi Germany. Follows kids from different backgrounds into adulthood. Bartoletti does not make assumptions about what her readers know, and she describes everything in a very matter-of-fact, clear manner--including very disturbing things. High school and up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 12/5/2010

    " Very will written and illustrated. Although the topic was a bit harsh, I did find the historical significance of this book. "

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About the Author
Author Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Susan Campbell Bartoletti is the award-winning author of several books for young readers, including Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850, winner of the Robert F. Sibert Medal. She lives in Moscow, Pennsylvania.