Walking Away from the Third Reich: A Teenager in Hitler's Army

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In 1941, the brutal war raged in its third year, but from an aristocratic boys school, it seemed like an exciting time for seventeen-year-old Sellier and his friends. They lived in the country that, by all indications, was winning the war. Newspaper headlines told of the latest victories, and pictured a proud Adolf Hitler pinning medals on war heroes. Sellier and his classmates did&ngrave;t see this as propaganda, and swelled with pride.

Typical of many teenage boys at the ...

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Overview

In 1941, the brutal war raged in its third year, but from an aristocratic boys school, it seemed like an exciting time for seventeen-year-old Sellier and his friends. They lived in the country that, by all indications, was winning the war. Newspaper headlines told of the latest victories, and pictured a proud Adolf Hitler pinning medals on war heroes. Sellier and his classmates did&ngrave;t see this as propaganda, and swelled with pride.

Typical of many teenage boys at the time, Sellie&rgrave;s fears revolved around the fact that he might miss out on the thrill of victory and glory of being a soldier. When draft cards arrived, the boys hollered for joy. Sellier was thrilled at the thought of becoming a decorated war hero. The future seemed bright, not to mention that he would escape final exams.

The reality of being a soldier, however, would nearly devastate Sellier. Yet somehow, through the harsh conditions and brutality that he would experience, Sellier would find himself a hero in a losing battle.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781555715137
  • Publisher: L & R Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/28/2010
  • Series: Hellgate Memories Series
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 895,244
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2006

    This book is hard to put down!

    A view of WWII from the 'other' side made this an eye-opening and fascinating read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2000

    Nazi Germany through the eyes of its youth

    An amazing book of the youth of Germany during World War II. Sellier gives the reader an insight, not viewed by the Allies. He attempts to show the daily life of a youth growing up in Germany during the war's early years with all its glory and honor. But Sellier also faces reality and shows a vivid view of war with all its futile consequence. He brings to life the strengths and weaknesses of man in war, and the incredible courage endured by men of both sides of war. Sellier finally denounces war as one not of glory and fame but of evil and terror. This book would be excellent read to any student of World War II or European history. This book gives the reader an excellent view from the 'other side' and shows one the stupidity of war. A must read for all history students.

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