What I’m Reading: Hilter Youth

I just finished up listening to the audio version of Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow (Bccb Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award (Awards)) by Susan Campbell Bartoletti.


This was a fast listen.  It is really meant to be a juvenile non fiction book but I grabbed it up anyway.  Like I said it wasn’t a very long book at all but interesting.  I really didn’t learn anything that I already heard before.  Like the title and book jacket suggest, the focus is on the Hitler Youth during WWII.

Here’s what Amazon had to say about it, “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.”

Amazon readers say 4.5 stars…It was well written for youth…for me personally I’d have liked a longer book with more to it so I’m refraining from rating it as I am seeing it through different eyes.  If you’re a home schooler or person who loves to share history with a child or grand child, the book would be wonderful.

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