Hitler Youth
176 Pages

Hitler Youth



"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 <br /><br />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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Published 26 April 2016
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EAN13 9781338088373
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Language English
Document size 12 MB

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ON JANUARY 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler was appointed cha ncellor of Germany, thanks largely to the efforts of the Hitler Youth, whose o rganized propaganda marches throughout Germany helped the Nazi Party grow in strength. By 1939, it is estimated that more than seven million boys and girls belonge d to the Hitler Youth. Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadowis the riveting and often chilling tale of a generation of young people who devoted their e nergy and passion to the Hitler Youth organization and left an indelible mark on wo rld history. Award-winning author Susan Campbell Bartoletti infu ses the work with the voices of both former Hitler Youth members and young peopl e who resisted the powerful Nazi movement. These voices stand alongside those o f Jewish youths and others who were senselessly and brutally targeted by the T hird 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 th eir 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.
A Newbery Honor Book A Sibert Honor Book
“Bartoletti (Kids on Strike!) offers a unique and riveting perspective on WWII by focusing on the young people who followed Hitler from 1933–1945.” Publishers Weekly,starred review
“… Nonfiction writing at its best. Essential for WWII collections as well as teaching units on conformity, peer pressure and resistance.” Kirkus Reviews,starred review
“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.” School Library Journal,starred review
“This solid offering deserves wide readership by today’s young people, and it is certain to promote extensive discussion.” The Bulletin of the Centerfor Children’s Books,starred review
“The power of the account is matched by the many period candid and propaganda photographs, well-married to the text by strong captions and placement and an unobtrusive but period-evocative Art Deco page design.” The Horn Book,starred review
“Bartoletti draws on oral histories, diaries, letters, and her own extensive interviews with Holocaust survivors, Hitler Youth, resisters, and bystanders to tell the history from the viewpoints of people who were there.” Booklist,starred review
For my mother, with love.
Alfons Heck Alfons Heck(right)was born in 1928 in Wittlich, a small Rhineland village in western Germany. At age ten, Alfons attended the Nazis’ Nuremberg rally, where he listened, spellbound, as Adolf Hitler spoke. In 1944, at the young age of sixteen, Alfons commanded more than eight hundred Hitler Youth. As the Allied forces closed in, he led Hitler Youth and others in the defense of Germany.
Helmuth Hübener Helmuth Hübener was born in 1925 in Hamburg, Germany. Sixteen-year-old Helmuth and his two best friends, Karl Schnibbe and Rudi Wobbe, broke the German “Radio Law,” which forbade Germans from listening to foreign radio stations. When Helmuth realized that the Nazis were lying to the German people, he printed anti-Nazi leaflets that passed on the foreign news to others—a crime punishable by death under Nazi law.