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Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
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    Three against Hitler by Rudi Wobbe (Katya0133)
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    Hubener vs. Hitler: A Biography of Helmuth Hubener, Mormon Teenage Resistance Leader by Richard Lloyd Dewey (Katya0133)
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    Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada (sleepykid00)
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    Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti (range7)
    range7: Great non-fiction title by the same author that shows more real people on both sides of the war
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    The Wave by Todd Strasser (range7)
    range7: A classroom experiment that shows students how Hitler was able to brainwash Germany into doing horrible things in the name of the Fatherland.

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It begins with the National Socialist Party the leader Adolf Hitler rises to power to become chancellor of Germany and becomes Fuher of the Nazi party.
Germany is changing, Swastika flags start flying, books are burned that do not promote German Ideas the slander of the Jews rises. The people of Germany are slowly being brainwashed by the charismatic Nazi leader.
Helmuth and his friends do not agree with the Nazis bullying of people and the shaming and degrading way of the treatment of the Jews.
This is the beginning of the fear mongering the turning of family against family and accusations of sympathy for the enemies of the Nazi regime. The listening to foreign radio stations is even forbidden.

Helmuth has come to a dangerous idea, informing the public of the true nature of what the Nazis are doing by listening to the BBC London on contraband radio and relaying the information into a pamphlet and distributing it in secret.
This book is based on a true story of a young German boy, his moral need is to stand up for what he sees as intolerable actions. Helmuth is only sixteen years old he is still a child. In the eyes of the Nazi’s he is a treasonous enemy. ( )
  greergreer | Mar 1, 2019 |
This is an excellent WW2 historical fiction book based on the true story of Helmut Guddat Hubener. Helmut was a German teenager during Hitler's war against Europe. Like all German teenagers, he was forced to join the Hitler Youth, an organization to promote allegiance to the German cause. Helmut decided early on that what Hitler was doing to destroy the Jews and take away the rights of the German people was wrong. He anguished over the necessity to support Hitler in his school essays in order to prevent harm to himself or his family. Every day he had to resist the urge to speak out against the Hitler regime.

The beginning of the end for him is when his older brother, serving in the German army, brings home a radio he purchased on the black market. Though he locks it in a closet, Helmut can't resist his curiosity and picks the lock. Every night after his grandparents go to bed, he brings it out and listens to the British broadcast. He quickly decides that the British are telling the truth and the Germans are lying. He secretly begins leaving pamphlets around town in the hopes of bringing the truth to the people. Of course he is caught. He remains resolute in his opinions in the face of the German judges and is sentenced to death at age 17.

The story is told in brief segments of Helmut awaiting his execution with longer flashbacks of the 10 years leading up to his sentencing. This was not a book on my radar for WW2 historical fiction and I'm glad I finally came across it. It's a must read for kids interested in the Holocaust and the German regime. Would also be an excellent choice for required classroom reading. ( )
  valorrmac | May 15, 2018 |
I read this book along with Hitler Youth: Growing up in Hitler's Shadow, which is also written by Bartoletti, but is a nonfiction book about the lives of children growing up in Nazi Germany. Her nonfiction book does not go into much detail about Hubener’s life, but it describes his resistance towards the Nazi Party and his efforts to inform the German people that their government was lying to them about the state of the war. In The Boy Who Dared, Bartoletti uses her imagination to create a fictional story around the research she conducted about Helmuth Hubener’s true story and impact. Both stories do a great job of capturing the level of fear and oppression that young children faced in Nazi Germany, as well as tell the story of the incredibly brave young people who stood up against injustice. ( )
  ssmithers | May 7, 2017 |
This book is a true story about a young boy who did not like the ways of Hitler. Although everyone feared Hitler, Helmuth did not. He did everything he could to stand up for what was right. Even though this dealt serious consequences. This story was told by Helmuth in jail while replaying the events that went on with him trying to stand up against Hitler. ( )
  a.newsom | Apr 21, 2017 |
Incredible story of courage and bravery. The story flashes between Helmuth in prison to the events that lead up to his sentencing.in prison account is in italics. It is a work of historical fiction. Helmuth and his friends were all real individuals. The author used documents, history and people to piece the story together. While it is an incredible story, it is not a page turner. ( )
  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
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Bartoletti offers another perspective on the Holocaust, demonstrating that even if the effort proves unsuccessful, the courage and convictions of a minority should be motivation to speak the truth rather than remain silent.
added by Katya0133 | editSchool Library Journal, Rita Soltan
The teen’s perspective makes this a particularly
gripping way to personalize the history.
added by Katya0133 | editBooklist, Hazel Rochman
[Bartoletti] does an excellent job of conveying the political climate surrounding Hitler's ascent to power.
added by Katya0133 | editPublishers Weekly
[An] inspiring tale of conscience and courage
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It's morning. Soft gray light slips over the tall redbrick wall. It stretches across the exercise yard and reaches through the high, barred windows.
Helmuth does not believe he was foolish. He did not risk his life in vain. God can bring good out of evil, but God can't do it alone. God needs people. People who will stand up. People who will dare to speak out. For what has a man profited, if he has gained the whole world and lost his soul? That's what the Bible says. Helmuth feels something. His chest swells. A warm calmness fills him, and he knows that he has lived a life that stood for something.
The infamous Blood Tribunal. The highest, most feared court in Germany.
Helmuth's heart sinks. His lawyer doesn't work for him. He works for the Nazi government.
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Helmuth is a little boy living in Germany during the time of Hitler's rise to power. Helmuth is not Jewish, but has a brave soul which leads him to stand up for those he cares about and anything that he considers morally wrong. In this story about true courage, Helmuth expresses his true feelings about Hilter and his cruelty.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439680131, Hardcover)

A Newbery Honor Book author has written a powerful and gripping novel about a youth in Nazi Germany who tells the truth about Hitler

Bartoletti has taken one episode from her Newbery Honor Book, HITLER YOUTH, and fleshed it out into thought-provoking novel. When 16-year-old Helmut Hubner listens to the BBC news on an illegal short-wave radio, he quickly discovers Germany is lying to the people. But when he tries to expose the truth with leaflets, he's tried for treason. Sentenced to death and waiting in a jail cell, Helmut's story emerges in a series of flashbacks that show his growth from a naive child caught up in the patriotism of the times , to a sensitive and mature young man who thinks for himself.

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In October, 1942, seventeen-year-old Helmuth H?ubener, imprisoned for distributing anti-Nazi leaflets, recalls his past life and how he came to dedicate himself to bring the truth about Hitler and the war to the German people.

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