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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
I love reading anythin...
I love reading anything to do with World War II or the Holocaust. This book came as quite a surprise. This book was a fictionalized telling of the last day in Helmuth Hubener, age 17. Helmuth grew up in Germany as Hitler came to power. A strong Mormon in his beliefs he stood against the teaching of Hitler. He thought he would be working for the "Fatherland" if he told the truth. What he didn't know was that most people didn't want to know the truth. Susan Bartoletti has done extensive research to track down as many facts as she can to tell the story that Helmuth didn't live to tell. Although it is a fictionalized account, as she says, no one can know his last few hours, we can imagine based on other testimonies of those who did survive that this is pretty accurate. I believe this should be a part of all history lessons. We never want to forget the atrocities against the Jews, and anyone else Hitler decided he hated. However, few know of the atrocities against Germans loyal to their country who did not agree with Hitler. This is not a book you can sit and read just a bit and then leave. You must sit and read until you have finished this book. It is that powerful.
<ul><li>Format:Paperback</li><li>Publication Date: 2018-12-26</li></ul>
21 reviews
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

I love reading anythin...

I love reading anything to do with World War II or the Holocaust. This book came as quite a surprise. This book was a fictionalized telling of the last day in Helmuth Hubener, age 17. Helmuth grew up in Germany as Hitler came to power. A strong Mormon in his beliefs he stood against the teaching of Hitler. He thought he would be working for the "Fatherland" if he told the truth. What he didn't know was that most people didn't want to know the truth. Susan Bartoletti has done extensive research to track down as many facts as she can to tell the story that Helmuth didn't live to tell. Although it is a fictionalized account, as she says, no one can know his last few hours, we can imagine based on other testimonies of those who did survive that this is pretty accurate. I believe this should be a part of all history lessons. We never want to forget the atrocities against the Jews, and anyone else Hitler decided he hated. However, few know of the atrocities against Germans loyal to their country who did not agree with Hitler. This is not a book you can sit and read just a bit and then leave. You must sit and read until you have finished this book. It is that powerful.

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A stirring account of ...

A stirring account of the story of Helmuth Hubener, who was executed by the Nazis at the young age of 17 for listening to the BBC and writing pamphlets about what he heard. Helmuth went against all he was taught and made a bold step which cost him his life.

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This book is based on ...

This book is based on the true story of Helmuth Hubener. Helmuth is a boy who is growing up as Hitler and the Nazis are rising to power in Germany. Helmuth is very bright and realizes quickly that he must always play the part of the good German boy following the "Fuhrer's" rules, when in fact he is a young activist who feels that he and everyone else in Germany deserve to know the truth. He distributes pamphlets telling this truth with the help of his two friends until he is caught. Helmuth was tortured, and although he gave up the name of his friends who helped them, he also saved their lives by sacrificing his own. While some of the content in the book was fictionalized, Helmuth was a real person, real-life hero.

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Used in conjunction wi...

Used in conjunction with "Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow," this book would be a wonderful tool for teaching the Holocaust and World War II. Although I only perused the novel, I could quickly tell that it is gripping and could be used as an anchor text for a unit. The story can be used to address Common Core standards involving comparing and contrasting various fiction and nonfiction.

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Helmuth is a schoolboy...

Helmuth is a schoolboy in Germany when the Nazis take power in Germany, and he quickly gets swept up in the crisp uniforms and patriotism of the Hitler Youth. But as the war progresses, he begins to see how much freedom is being taken from the German people. Helmuth must decide how loudly he can speak out against the war, when the quietest whisper will be treason. Based on the true story of war protester Helmuth Hübener, this book succeeds in making the Holocaust even more personal. More and more recently we are seeing Holocaust stories told from outside the Jewish experience, which (I think) is excellent--it's important to know that the the Holocaust affected more than just the Jews and the Gypsies. It's also important to educate people that not all Germans blindly followed, that there were still objectors, and even among those who weren't actively protesting, not all Germans agreed with what was going on.Helmuth's story here is based on the research Bartoletti did for her Newbery Honor book Hitler Youth, then fleshed out through interviews with Helmuth's friends and brother. The result is a fully-realized character and a narrative that reads smoothly, without the stilted, lumbering prose that can afflict biographies. The writing is a little stiff at times, but overall, this is high on my list of recommendations when the 8th-grade Holocaust book report rolls around.

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The Boy Who Dared is...

"The Boy Who Dared" is about a 16 year old member of the Hitler Youth in World War II Germany, who dares to defy his government and his country by constructing an underground organization opposing the Nazis. It's a true story, and one that I felt compelled to research further after finishing the book. Despite being an interesting, little-known story that I was glad to find, I didn't really enjoy this book all that much. The writing style was quick and to-the-point, more brusque than anything else. There is a quite long historical note at the end complete with photographs.

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This was an excellent ...

This was an excellent book about a boy named Helmuth. It starts off with him in prison and he remembers his story. I found the book to be fast passed and very interesting. I was rooting for Helmuth the whole way through. I won't give away the book. I found his character to be one of high integrity for a teen. I was very proud of what he accomplished for someone so young.

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From the Newbery Honor...

From the Newbery Honor author of Hitler Youth comes a novelization of the life of one of the boys profiled in the earlier title. Told in flashback from his cell on death row in Berlin on the day of his execution at the age of seventeen, Helmuth Hubener's short life is the story of a young man who refused to take the safe and easy path.

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This book is a fiction...

This book is a fictionalized account based on a true story of a young German, Helmuth Hubener, executed for speaking up against the Nazis in World War II. although a follower of Hitler when young, Helmuth saw through the German lies as he grew older and by the age of sixteen, printed and distributed anti-Hitler flyers. As he awaits execution, he reminisces about his childhood, the friends he refuses to turn against and his hope that the German people will see the truth. A good way to learn about the times for those who don't like to read straight non-fiction. 202 pages, this book is good for grades 6-8.

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Incredible story of co...

Incredible story of courage and bravery. The story flashes between Helmuth in prison to the events that lead up to his sentencing.in prison account is in italics. It is a work of historical fiction. Helmuth and his friends were all real individuals. The author used documents, history and people to piece the story together. While it is an incredible story, it is not a page turner.

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 I would not typically...

 I would not typically choose to read a book such as this for my own pleasure. However, I'm glad I chose to read it for class. Helmuth's story is an inspiring one!

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Really excellent story...

Really excellent story of a boy who dared to listen to the BBC while living in Germany during World War II, thus being one of the few who truly understood what was happening. He felt the need to share what he learned to dire consequences.

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Great story about a bo...

Great story about a boy who stood up to opposition. I Would use this book in middle grades and pair it with Hitler Youth to teach WWII and literacy development in comparing and contrasting texts.

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A very interesting boo...

A very interesting book about a boy revolting against his country in WWII. A very interesting story with most of the story told through a flashback while helmut is in a concentration camp and sentenced to death.

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I read this as part of...

I read this as part of an 8th grade reading project with my daughter. Beautifully written. I cried. And I can't stop thinking about Helmuth's story. A brave boy in the face of unspeakable evil.

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MSBA display 2009-2010...

MSBA display 2009-2010Book about the Holocaust and Hitler Youth. I thought it was a sad book. Based on a true story.

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Very good, nice writin...

Very good, nice writing style too.

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Excellent! Powerful s...

Excellent! Powerful story. Well written and well researched.

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I liked this book as w...

I liked this book as well as I can like a book about war and war times.

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Very good, nice writin...

Very good, nice writing style too.

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