Hitler Youth




Bartoletti, S. (2005). Hitler Youth: Growing up in Hitler's shadow. New York: Scholastic Nonfiction.

Susan Campbell Bartlett brings to light the children that Hitler recruited to further his empire.  And although it can be very off-putting at first, the accuracy in which these stories are compiled and told can't help to pull at the heartstrings of all who read it.
Susan Campbell Bartlett shares the lives of the children who sincerely believed in Hitler's new world of opportunity and power.  She describes how these children fought for Hitler's cause and died for it.  These children also fought against the Russians in Germany.  Campbell's research isn't complete with accounts of children whose eyes were unveiled to the violence Hitler subjected them to and show their regret.


For the older reader, teachers can use excerpts of this as a precursor to Anne Frank or Night.

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