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Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow (2005)

by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

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Hitler Youth is another great example of an information/nonfiction book that will help engage and boost the understanding of a tough period in time. In Hitler Youth, Campbell is able to describe the events that led to World War II and critical events during WWII as well. What is most interesting about this book is that it is all told through the perspectives of various youth during that time period. Each chapter represents a different child’s perspective and experiences, and through this, the reader is able to really step into that time period and understand what it may have been like to live at that time. Each story is also enhanced with pictures from that time period and that are actually of the people telling the story. In each story, student’s not only learn about what was happening to that youth, but they also unknowingly learn about the most crucial and basic facts surrounding that important period in history. The book has obviously been intensely researched which adds to validity and power of each story. Hitler Youth would be great to introduce a tough subject such as WWII in the classroom and help them maintain the information they are learning as well. Since it is all told through the perspective of different youth, students are able to understand what it must have been like for people their age and connect to the story much more.
  laineyh | Mar 15, 2015 |
RGG: The focus is on the children who grew up in the Hitler Youth organizations. Fascinating history of propaganda, brainwashing, and children soldiers. Another horrifying aspect of Hitler's Nazi Germany. Interest: YA.
  rgruberexcel | Dec 29, 2014 |
Read for Lesson 5 / Must use when I show film Swing Kids (9th Grade Global Studies)
  hbcoates | Dec 4, 2014 |
  mshampson | Oct 23, 2014 |
This book gives the reader an inside view of what it is like to be in the Hitler Youth in the 1930's and 40's. The author helps hook the reader into the life of a member of that infamous organization, The Hitler Youth, by providing interviews, diaries, pictures and first-hand account letters from actual family members who were involved in the movement. Adolf Hitler firmly believed that the youth was the future of Germany, and in order to unleash this great, hidden potential, he needed to first win them over and get them to believe in and promote his ideals. By establishing Hitler Youth organizations, Adolph Hitler was able to successfully create a powerful force of children who had no compunction about spying on and turning in their own parents and grandparents for opposing him, and even sending their own family members to the jail, and in many cases, the gas chambers.
The book covers those who were in the Hitler Youth, those who defied Hitler and the consequences for defying the Reich, and interviews of those children who reported on and sent their own teachers and parents to the concentration camps. This non-fiction book will help students understand the ways in which children can be indoctrinated to perpetuate a great evil. A great companion book to the fictional book is titled “The Wave”. ( )
  Stsmurphy | Jun 7, 2014 |
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Gr 5-8-Hitler's plans for the future of Germany relied significantly on its young people, and this excellent history shows how he attempted to carry out his mission with the establishment of the Hitler Youth, or Hitlerjugend, in 1926. With a focus on the years between 1933 and the end of the war in 1945, Bartoletti explains the roles that millions of boys and girls unwittingly played in the horrors of the Third Reich. The book is structured around 12 young individuals and their experiences, which clearly demonstrate how they were victims of leaders who took advantage of their innocence and enthusiasm for evil means. Their stories evolve from patriotic devotion to Hitler and zeal to join, to doubt, confusion, and disillusion. (An epilogue adds a powerful what-became-of-them relevance.) The large period photographs are a primary component and they include Nazi propaganda showing happy and healthy teens as well as the reality of concentration camps and young people with large guns. The final chapter superbly summarizes the weighty significance of this part of the 20th century and challenges young readers to prevent history from repeating itself. Bartoletti lets many of the subjects' words, emotions, and deeds speak for themselves, bringing them together clearly to tell this story unlike anyone else has.-Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Yes, the Hitler youth is mentioned in most young adult nonfiction on the subject, but to see through this lens creates a completely different book! Bartoletti is quickly becoming a nonfiction writer who tops lists with her engaging writing, viewpoint, obvious dedication to research and knowledge of how important pictures are to the telling for this audience. Her book is filled with chilling quotes, anecdotal stories derived from research and interviews, and stories about how Hitler's young were manipulated and used as a primary source of his power and vision for the future. There are many facts revealed that may be new to readers. For example, the required year of service after graduation, the Landjahr, required youth do everything from clearing forests to shoveling "gravel through sieves for seven full hours" and by 1938 "the Reich Labor Service has turned so many acres of forests and swamps into useful land that it made up for nearly all the territory Germany had lost in the Treaty of Versailles." The author threads through the pages the stories of young heroes who stood up against Hitler, such as Sophie and Hans Scholl who wrote and distributed pamphlets until they were executed. 2005, Scholastic, Ages 11 up.
added by sriches | editChildren's Literature, Susie Wilde (Jul 22, 2009)
Bartoletti (Kids on Strike!) offers a unique and riveting perspective on WWII by focusing on the young people who followed Hitler from 1933-1945. The narrative primarily focuses on members of the Hitler Youth, but also profiles some of the group's dissidents and its Jewish targets. Hitler began his quest for dominance with young people, recognizing them as "a powerful political force" and claiming, "With them I can make a new world." Bartoletti describes how the propaganda of the Hitler Youth attracted children: "The overnight camping trips, campfires, and parades sounded like a great deal of fun," said one 12-year-old. But the organization also emphasized loyalty to the Third Reich above all (including family-one eight-year-old, Elisabeth Vetter, turned in her parents to the Nazis). The author personalizes the war by placing identifiable individuals at the center of the events, such as Sophie Scholl, who moved away from Nazi ideas as a teen and in college joined the "White Rose" group that published pamphlets detailing Nazi evils and urging resistance-a crime for which she and others were executed. Powerful black-and-white photographs testify to the lure and also the cruelty of the Nazis. Bartoletti's portrait of individuals within the Hitler Youth who failed to realize that they served "a mass murderer" is convincing, and while it does not excuse the atrocities, it certainly will allow readers to comprehend the circumstances that led to the formation of Hitler's youngest zealots. Ages 7-10. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439353793, Hardcover)

In her first full-length nonfiction title since winning the Robert F. Sibert Award, Susan Campbell Bartoletti explores the riveting and often chilling story of Germany's powerful Hitler Youth groups.

"I begin with the young. We older ones are used up . . . But my magnificent youngsters! Look at these men and boys! What material! With them, I can create a new world." --Adolf Hitler, Nuremberg 1933

By the time Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933, 3.5 million children belonged to the Hitler Youth. It would become the largest youth group in history. Susan Campbell Bartoletti explores how Hitler gained the loyalty, trust, and passion of so many of Germany's young people. Her research includes telling interviews with surviving Hitler Youth members.

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The story of a generation of German young people who devoted all their energy to the Hitler Youth and the propaganda that brought gave Hitler his power, and the youths that resisted the Nazi movement.

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