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

by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

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This book covers a subject that it's really spoken about: the young men and women under Nazi rule who believed in, fought for, and often died, for their Fuhrer. Well-researched and well-written, Bartoletti helps the reader understand the role these children played in the War. She brings to light a side of the war most people have no idea about. This is vital to a complete understanding of Hitler and what he did. She makes no judgement calls about the children, but explains in appropriate prose the history of their experience. How many started out in Hitler's Youth, a scout-type program, and how it progressed until many, mostly the boys, ended up on the front lines near the end of the war. She shows how the propaganda Hitler spewed captured the hearts of these children, and they proudly served him, only later understanding that he used them for his own ends. I highly recommend this book be part of any school library - home or public - and it's worth reading. ( )
  empress8411 | Sep 16, 2016 |
This was a very well-written and researched book about growing up as a German under Hitler. Bartoletti described how the Hitler Youth began almost as a "scout troup" that all youths wanted to join, including Jewish youths. Then she described how Hitler used the youths and laws to force parents to bend to his will. The personal stories and accounts made this story worth reading. You definitely felt how some of these children were brainwashed and felt trapped by the world around him. There were also wonderful stories of bravery by youths who would not agree with the Hitler Youth doctrine and gave their lives to rebel against it. A very emotional and touching book that gave both sides of the story. " ( )
  jguidry | May 31, 2016 |
Bartoletti did an excellent job recounting the details of the Hitler Youth. She used stories from different people that were involved in the Hitler Youth. She followed their stories throughout her explanation of the Hitler Youth. There is much to be learned about how Hitler used the youth of Germany to further his cause. Bartoletti goes into detail about the demands that the organization put on the children, and how youth groups changed the longer Hitler was in office. This non-fiction book is an excellent resource for students to learn more about the youth of Germany during the Hitler years. ( )
  Kay_Downing | Apr 28, 2016 |
I would definitely have this book in a middle school classroom, probably seventh or eighth. It is very informative, and tells the perspective of young German people who were loyal to Hitler. I do not think I would make my students read this book, but if they were interested then I would have it there for them to look at. ( )
  AmandaJH | Apr 16, 2016 |
This book provides a synopsis of how the Hitler Youth were created and organized to ensure the rise and maintenance of Hitler's power. It was a crucial part of his campaign to be elected as the head of the Nazi Party in Germany. It also goes in to great detail the lengths that church ministries and parent's took to keep their children from joining.

The pictures are unique and unlike any that I have seen in history textbooks before. It recounts many true stories and stitches them together to show how frequently and successful the Nazi Party was a deceiving its own citizens. ( )
  mwestholz | Apr 7, 2016 |
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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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