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Posted December 10, 2010
Parallel Journeys, it's about Helen Waterford: a German Jew, and Alfons Heck: a German boy part of the Hitler's youth. This book tells both side of what is going on during the Holocaust. Alfons Heck: a boy who never knew a Germany with out Nazis. Picture: world war 1, 1918. Massive destruction to France, the agreement that ended the it was, the treaty of Versailles, it made hard for Germany and its people, Germany had to pay for the destruction they did, they couldn't rebuild an army nor navy, and they lost some land. Hitler blamed the Jewish people for the lost. So Hitler started a group called the Nazis, and this group grew to world 2 . Helen Waterford: November 9, 1930. SA and SS men started throwing rocks at Jewish owned businesses. "Kristallnacht" night of broken glass. The dark words of warning hurled about, the Nazis suddenly became very real for Helen and the other Jews in Europe, even Polish Jews had been arrested and shipped in boxcars to the woods or the Auschwitz death camps. In my very own opinion this book is very good, and mind opening; it goes more in of what is happening in this time, on two totally opposite sides of the war, follow the stories of the Hitler youth and the German Jew going for cover.
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Posted March 13, 2008
I loved this book it was so nice to hear both sides of the story and see what they went through I would recommend this book to everyone able to read. You must read this book!
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Posted May 30, 2013
Eleanor Ayer creates such a remarkable series of events that describe life back then during the Holocaust. Eleanor Ayer published the book Parallel Journeys, which was about a 16 year old German boy named Alfons Heck who trudged his way through the holocaust; a terrible moment in history that changed everything. Heck explains his thoughts and feelings of being there personally such as being frightened, exhilarated and distraught. I enjoyed this book because it was an edge of the seat kind of story. You wouldn’t know what was going to happen. The events that took place kept me wanting to read more of the book every time I turned the page. Teenage boys and or girls who enjoy reading should take a look at this book, read it, and enjoy it. As a result, I found myself enjoying this book and reading it anytime that I could get my hands on it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 23, 2013
Imagine being in a concentration camp, being worried by one swipe of a finger is life or death. Imagine being a Hitlers Youth leader
at the the end of war and about to be executed by a firing squad. The book Parallel Journeys by Eleanor H. Ayer, Helen Waterford,
and Alfons Heck is about World War Two and how it impacted a young Jewish girl and a young German boy’s life. In the beginning,
It starts with Alfons Heck a young German who got brain-washed by Hitler's army to join. Helen Waterford is a young Jewish girl.
She tells the story of how Hitler ruined her and many others lives.The book is a must-read. The depressing mood makes the theme so much more powerful.
Young adults will love this work of history.
Posted December 2, 2012
The book Parallel Journey’s by Eleanor Ayer is a book that tells about the lives of two people in Germany. The book starts out before the start of World War II. The book starts out before the war starts out but when Hitler had already been in power. The book follows the lives of Alfons a German and Helen a German Jew. The book is interesting because it follows the lives of two different people in Germany during World War II and you are able to see what their war time experience is like. Alfons is a faithful German that lives in a part of Germany called the Rhineland. The people in this part of Germany had learned to hate the French and to think that Germans were better. He also learned to dislike and hate Jews. Helen is a Jew that grew up close to Alfons in the city of Frankfurt. Helen likes her life; she likes living in a large city and being able to go to plays, museums, libraries and everything else that a big city has.
The book looks at the lives of both Alfons and Helen. Alfons is young at the time and so he is made to join the Hitler Youth. Alfons like most Germans likes the Hitler Youth. He is loyal to Germany and to Hitler. He is very good at his training and especially in being able to pilot a glider. He exercises and learns about combat in the Hitler Youth. Helen on the other hand is a Jew and many people do not like Jews. One night many German soldiers and many other people start to smash in the windows and the stores and homes of many Jews. This night is known as Kristallnacht. Because of this Helen is forced to move to Holland. Meanwhile Alfons continues to do good in the Hitler Youth and he is promoted. Helen is discovered to be a Jew while she is hiding in Holland and she is sent to a concentration camp. Birkenau and later she is sent to another camp. There she sees how thousands of Jews are killed then burned. Alfons near the end of the war sees how thousand of Hitler Youth are ordered to defend Hitler and Berlin and end up dying.
Both Helen and Alfons come to America after the war. Alfons sees that he has made a mistake in believing Hitler but everyone was and all kids his age joined the Hitler Youth. Helen has seen thousands of Jews killed in the concentration camps. Late in their lives Alfons writes a story for a newspaper about what it is like to be a Hitler Youth and Helen reads it. She invites Alfons to meet her and he does. They both decide to do lectures together. Many people like this but some do not.
I thought this was a good book because it shows both sides of the story. You get to see the war and Germany from a Jew and someone that liked Hitler. The story is interesting and teaches you a lot. Also the book teaches you not only about Helen and Alfons there are a lot of parts that tell you about what was happening during World War II so you can learn a lot. The book is good because it tells you about their lives after the war too. I thought it was kind of amazing that enemies could get together after the war. I would recommend this book because it is interesting and you can learn a lot. Also because you can see what it would be like to be a kid during this time. The book is good and not too hard to read but there are some thing s that were kind of hard and it was kind of hard to remember all the different things about the war. This is a good book for some kids and teenagers because it is not to hard to read and because it is about teenagers so they could learn from it. I recommend this book for everyone
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Posted February 26, 2012
I had to read this for my eigth grade english class and wasn't looking forward to it at all. I usually hate the books I'm forced to read for school, but for some strange reason I couldn't put this book down. Extremely unique in the way it is written and very informative. I learned so much about the Holocaust and World War 2 without feeling like it was being shoved in my face like in history class. It was just great. I definitely recommend it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted September 8, 2010
I read this book multiple times in high school, but I have since lost my copy. I was hoping to find it on my nook, but I guess it's not available as an ebook. From what I remember the 2 stories were told beautifully, and hearing them side by side, at the same time, made it even more heart wrenching. You can't help but get completely absorbed in the stories. Please make as an EBook!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 20, 2010
Parallel Journeys is the best book ever because the characters make the story interesting. This book is very intence and you dont know what will happen next it is very good. I could not pick my favorite character because the are all so good. If your interested in world war2 this is a great book to learn about ww2 and on top on all of that there are really interesting pictures and the deatails are very good.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 26, 2008
I loved this book! I thought Eleanor Ayer did an excellent job telling both sides of the story, as well Helen Waterford and Alfrons Heck's excerpts. The Nazi children in the Hitler Youth believed that they really were the 'Supreme Race,' and this book shows that in such a detail it chilled my soul. A book that will make you ponder ethnicity and understand what WWII was really about.
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Posted February 11, 2008
¿For many Jews, the hardest thing to bear was the fact that their own neighbors were the ones who were torturing them.¿ This book was about two people with completely different views on the Holocaust. Helen Waterford was a Jewish woman while Alfons Heck was a Hitler supporter in the Hitler Youth. They lived 60 miles from each other in Germany. Helen fled to Germany to avoid going to a concentration camp. Many of her friends died and so did her husband. Alfons was a Hitler Youth. This book is about their experiences and how they met. Alfons was in the Hitler Youth and was very highly ranked. His family really hated Hitler, but Alfons loved Hitler so much that when Hitler killed himself, Alfons said ¿it was as if his God had died fighting.¿ Alfons joined the Hitler Youth against his family¿s wishes. None of his family had liked Hitler. Alfons lost his family because they thought he was too obsessive over Hitler. In the book Alfons said that if Hitler told him to go off and kill any random person, he probably would have. Helen was a Jewish woman. She became a displaced person because she lost her home. Her husband died in a concentration camp in the 1940¿s. Helen had lost many of her family and friends in the Holocaust. One of the main themes of this book is how Helen and Alfons lost their families and friends. What is interesting is that the war caused them to have the same result in two very different ways. Over all the book made a worthwhile contribution to the genre. It was mostly about the Holocaust and what millions of people lost because of it. Many people like me might be attracted to a book like this because it takes you away from your life and lets you focus on other peoples problems.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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