Synopses & Reviews
Fort Breendonk was built in the early 1900s to protect Antwerp, Belgium, from possible German invasion.and#160;Damaged at the start ofand#160;World War I, it fell into disrepair . . . until the Nazis took it over after their invasion of Belgium in 1940, calling it a andldquo;receptionandrdquo; camp for prisoners in transit from one camp to another. It soon became one of most brutal and smallest concentration camps in World War II.and#160;About 3,500 prisoners were held thereandndash;only about half of them survived. As one prisoner put it, andldquo;I would prefer to spend nineteen months at Buchenwald than nineteen days at Breendonk.andrdquo; and#160; and#160; and#160; and#160;and#160;and#160; and#160; and#160;With access to the camp and its archives and with rare photos and artwork, James M Deem pieces together the story of the camp by telling the stories of its victimsandmdash;Jews, communists, resistance fighters, and even common criminalsandmdash;for the first time in an English language publication. and#160;
"Bartoletti (Kids on Strike!) offers a unique and riveting perspective on WWII by focusing on the young people who followed Hitler from 1933 1945. The narrative primarily focuses on members of the Hitler Youth, but also profiles some of the group's dissidents and its Jewish targets. Hitler began his quest for dominance with young people, recognizing them as 'a powerful political force' and claiming, 'With them I can make a new world.' Bartoletti describes how the propaganda of the Hitler Youth attracted children: 'The overnight camping trips, campfires, and parades sounded like a great deal of fun,' said one 12-year-old. But the organization also emphasized loyalty to the Third Reich above all (including family one eight-year-old, Elisabeth Vetter, turned in her parents to the Nazis). The author personalizes the war by placing identifiable individuals at the center of the events, such as Sophie Scholl, who moved away from Nazi ideas as a teen and in college joined the 'White Rose' group that published pamphlets detailing Nazi evils and urging resistance a crime for which she and others were executed. Powerful black-and-white photographs testify to the lure and also the cruelty of the Nazis. Bartoletti's portrait of individuals within the Hitler Youth who failed to realize that they served 'a mass murderer' is convincing, and while it does not excuse the atrocities, it certainly will allow readers to comprehend the circumstances that led to the formation of Hitler's youngest zealots. Ages 7-10." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Bartoletti (Kids on Strike!) offers a unique and riveting perspective on WWII by focusing on the young people who followed Hitler from 1933-1945
.Bartoletti's portrait of individuals within the Hitler Youth who failed to realize that they served a mass murderer” is convincing, and while it does not excuse the atrocities, it certainly will allow readers to comprehend the circumstances that led to the formation of Hitler's youngest zealots."
--Publishers Weekly, May 23, 2005
"Case studies of actual participants root the work in specifics, and clear prose, thorough documentation and an attractive format with well-chosen archival photographs make this nonfiction writing at its best
--Kirkus Reviews, April 1st, 2005
"Hitler's plans for the future of Germany relied significantly on its young people, and this excellent history shows how he attempted to carry out his mission with the establishment of the Hitler Youth....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, June 2005
The handsome book design, with stirring black-and-white historical photos on every double-page spread, will bring in readers and help spark deep discussion..."
--Booklist, April 15th, 2005
"With clarity and apt quotation (scrupulously sourced), Bartoletti takes readers from the prewar beginnings of Hitler Youth, through its significant role in gaining Hitler the government, to its ultimate position as a feeder for the German war machine
.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, May / June 2005
"This solid offering deserves wide readership by today's young people, and it is certain to promote extensive discussion."
--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, June 1st, 2005
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Bartoletti, Susan CarnpbeU, leder Youth: Growing Up in I-litleis Shadow. SchoWtic, 2005. 176p. $19.95.0439-35379-3. I
How could so many Germans go along with Hitler's inhumane public policies that led to
the deaths of millions? This book, through the testimony of youth, successfully answers
that question. The Hitler Youth program offered its often-irnpoverished members hope,
excitement, and even power. The dangling carrot of camping trips, uniforms, and parades
enraptures tens of thousands children. From the story of its first martyr to the executions
of those who left its ranks in the war's waning years, the history of the organization, and
on a wider scale the story of the Holocaust, is told against the backdrop of Germany's
youth, used as campaigners, informants, laborers, and even soldiers. The program
infiltrated churches and schools and intimidated teachers and clerics to
conform to Nazi policies of anti-Semitism, book burning, and eradication of all things
"non-German." As these policies became more outrageous, many tried to leave, but by
then it had become dangerous to challenge the mob mentality
This profusely illustrated book relates the stories of youth who were - and still are
supportive of Hider's deeds as well as those who resisted, and in some cases died
trying to away public opinion. Heartbreaking photographs include images of the i
* andquot;A sobering study of manand#39;s inhumanity to man, and an important book that demands serious consideration and discussion.andquot;
andmdash;Booklist, starred review
andquot;This well-researched history is best suited for readers who already have solid background knowledge of the Holocaust and an interest in delving further into the subject.andquot;
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.
Bartoletti explores how Hitler gained the loyalty, trust, and passion of so many of Germany's young people.
This absorbing and captivating nonfiction account (with never-before-published photographs) offers readers an in-depth anthropological and historical look into theand#160;lives of those who suffered and survived Breendonk concentration camp during the Holocaust of World Warand#160;II.and#160;
About the Author
Susan Campbell Bartoletti is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of many books, both fiction and nonfiction, for children. Her fiction includes the novels THE BOY WHO DARED, Dear America: A COAL MINER'S BRIDE, and NO MAN'S LAND, as well as a number of picture books. She won the Newbery Honor for her nonfiction book HITLER'S YOUTH. A former eighth-grade teacher for eighteen years, Bartoletti now writes full-time and lives in Pennsylvania with her family.