A novel based on the true story of Helmuth Hubener, a 17-year-old member of the Hitler youth. In the beginning, everything about Hitler was new and full of promise and hope for Germany. Then, the rights of people were diminished, Jews were threatened, and the world was turned upside down. Helmuth discovers that Germans are being lied to and he is driven to spread the truth. Helmuth's story unfolds in a series of flashbacks as he awaits his fate in a jail cell.
Similar books: Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti.
Awards nominated: Rebecca Caudill Award 2011
Date read: 6/18/2009
Photographs Add to the Realism
I was glad to hear what happened to Helmuths' friends and brothers after the 'story' ends. It adds to the realism of a most tragic part of modern history.