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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:
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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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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