My Childhood in Nazi Germany

My Childhood in Nazi Germany

by Elsbeth Emmerich, Robert Hull

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Gr 4-6-- Two things happened the year Elsbeth turned five--her family moved into a new house in Dusseldorf, and World War II began. As a young child, she didn't always understand what she saw and heard, but she knew that the war took her father away. He was drafted, sent first to France and then to the Eastern Front, and died in 1942 when an ambulance shortage delayed treatment for a minor wound. In the years since the war, Emmerich has been able to reinterpret some of her memories, such as her grandfather's periodic disappearances (he was arrested for his socialist activities) or her mother's loss of a coaching job (she refused to join the Nazi party). She also had access to her father's letters to his sister, revealing his feelings about battle and the war. This is a memoir of an ordinary middle-class German. Her family is not Jewish; in : fact, the Holocaust is not mentioned in the girl's recollections, her adult reflections, or the chronology. This should speak to the vast majority of complacent Americans who say ``it can't happen here,'' who are satisfied with leaving things be, for Elsbeth's was one such family. The biggest lesson to be taken away from this book is a child's discovery that sometimes people lie, that one can't take on faith what one hears or reads, and that individual decisions need to be made. A useful title for discussions of propaganda and censorship. --Susan M. Harding, Mesquite Public Library, TX

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