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The Hitler Youth : marching toward madness
Dvorson, Alexa.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York: Rosen Pub., 1999.
Physical Description:
64 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm.
Describes how many young Germans were drawn into the Nazi movement and how Germany came more and more under the total control of Hitler and the Nazis.
Reading Level:
920 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.6 1.0 30591.

Reading Counts RC High School 6.8 4 Quiz: 19511 Guided reading level: NR.

Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
DD253.5 .D86 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
DD253.5 .D86 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Teenagers were among those most likely to resist the Nazis in ghettos and concentration camps. Their armed and unarmed resistance against the Nazis, as well as their spiritual resistance, are celebrated in this volume.


Hundreds of thousands of German boys and girls joined the Hitler Youth, the Nazi youth organization. This volume examines how they were seduced into obeying the Nazis and how their dreams were finally shattered.

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-9. These short, dramatic photo-essays in the Teen Witnesses to the Holocaust series combine general history with the personal experiences of ordinary young people who were there. The Hitler Youth volume begins with a discussion of the roots of Nazism and then focuses on Edgar Gielsdorf, who tells how he became an enthusiastic member of the Nazi youth movement, later even a group leader--to his everlasting shame. He describes how he was seduced and manipulated, how in school learning to hate Jews was as much a part of the lesson plan as math and grammar. Older readers could go on from here to Eleanor Ayer's Parallel Journeys (1995), in which a former Hitler Youth member describes his experience in detail. The volume on liberation alternates between two teenagers who survived the camps and two American soldiers who stumbled onto the horror totally unprepared for what they would find. There are some gruesome scenes, which include carts laden with human corpses and boxes of gold crowns from victims' teeth. The account of the African American soldier Paul Parks is especially pointed, since he describes his own experience of racism at home and in the U.S. army, as well as the grim work of burying the dead at Dachau. The occasional use of gray background pictures sometimes makes the typeface hard to read; but the series' design is spacious, with many full-page archival photos, as well as family snapshots of the survivors who tell their stories. Each volume includes a general introduction by Holocaust scholar and series editor Yaffa Eliach, a map, a glossary, a time line, and a bibliography of books, videos, and Web sites. Two other series titles are listed in this issue's Series Roundup. --Hazel Rochman