Children To A Degree (Growing Up Under the Third Reich, #1)

Children To A Degree (Growing Up Under the Third Reich, #1)

by Horst Christian

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A World War Two Historical Fiction Novel Based On A True Story

A true story about a young boy growing up under the Third Reich.

Karl Veth, the eldest of three children, was born in Berlin, Germany in 1930. By the time he was old enough to start school and begin his education, Hitler had established a firm death-grip on the country. Children were fed a steady diet of Nazi propaganda and were often encouraged to turn on their family and friends; however, contrary to popular belief, not all of them bought into it.

Karl is an intelligent young boy who strives to excel in his studies, but he questions everything. Dangerous questions during a time when people are closely monitored. Karl's father and grandfather are not blind followers and they have their own opinions about Hitler and his regime. The lessons they teach Karl often contradict what he is taught in school, yet they also inspire him to think on his own and form his own opinions.

German law mandates all children must become members of the Hitler Youth and at the age of 10, Karl enters the Jungvolk, the junior branch of the Hitler Youth. He must wade through the propaganda and everything he is taught to decide for himself what is right and what it wrong. Little does he know at the time, many of his grandfather's predictions about the future of the Third Reich will eventually come to pass. The lessons he learns now and the opinions he forms will determine his fate in dangerous times ahead.

Books In The Series:

Children To A Degree

Loyal To A Degree

Trust To A Degree

Partners To A Degree

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148215097
Publisher: Horst Christian
Publication date: 12/01/2013
Series: Growing Up Under the Third Reich
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 77,965
File size: 903 KB

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Children To A Degree 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
EEis4Me More than 1 year ago
A very engaging, interesting and informative read. I was hooked from the beginning. Being a child of a WWII survivor (from Thailand not Europe), it opened my eyes to what Germans experienced - something not usually considered. My empathy has grown and heart goes out to them - I cannot say what choices I would have made in their circumstances. Thank you for writing this book, it should be read alongside the learning of the "facts" of World War II.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Captivating from beginning to end.Definitely a great read for those who love history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good a book. Interesting how the children grew up in Germany in during the war.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story being told by a German adolescent of his life during the beginning of the Nazi regime is a side of the war I had not studied. It is eye-opening at the sly ways one’s mind can be turned inside out while not realizing anything is amiss. I did not realize this was not a complete story or I would not have started it. Now I will never know what happened in this person’s life. Sad......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Horst Christian does a nice job of demonstrating, through the eyes of a pre-teen boy, how the Nazi movement infiltrated families through their youth movement as WWII was turning against them as a result of the failure to capture Moscow and with allied forces destroying the Third Reich from the air. The shortcoming of this book is the poor editing, but most readers will easily read through the typos and mis-use of words as Christian explains the energetic enthusiasm of members of the youth corps. Read this with an open mind ... remember the result of Hitler's effort to build the 1000-year-dynasty. Use this as a refresher history lesson. It's not written for enjoyment ... it's written to teach and for us not to forget about that era from the mid-1930s to the mid-1940s.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Most books I have read from this era are from the perspective of the persecuted. This being from a German child's vantage point you can begin to understand how Germany got to the point they did under Hitler. Not a real page turner, but good reading nevertheless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Helps in understanding the way the Nazi took over & how people thought at the time. I've never seen it before from the perspective of children. Very well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very interesting. It gives a perspective of life in Berlin during WW11 for everyday families. Having to be careful of voicing concerns and questioning the Nazi propaganda, sheltering in place during the Allied bombing, dealing with rationing of food and clothes. The story centers around the life of a young boy, his family and friends. Thanks to the author for writing this interesting and informative book. ELR
Patrick58 More than 1 year ago
This was an outstanding book - real history and well written. This entire series is very good because it reflects how Germans actually lived during WWII.
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This account of what life was like during an horrific time of history has the power to open eyes and to see the terror of these times, I WILL BE PURCHASING THE REST OF THE AUTHOR''S SERIES;
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read many books about Jewish people in Europe during the war but this is the first story about German children from their perspective. It is an eye opening experience to really understand that many, if not most, of the German people were good people and caught in an incredible time without the opportunity or ability to leave. As we humans continue to do today we believe, "tomorrow will be a better day until it's too late to choose a different path."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So glad I read this. The perspective is almost chilling. Enlightening. School never taught it like this. Looking forward to the rest of the series. Thank you Horst!
Laxmandas More than 1 year ago
A very good book as written from the eyes and mind of a very young man in the culture of Germany in the early forties. John Shinavier
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Karl, an eight year old in 1940 is a very intelligent German child. He and his friends are growing up in Berlin. Their school does not allow questions and their history books are thrown out. His school tells him he must inform them if anyone doesn't say "Heil Hitler" correctly. This is a picture of Nazi Germany not through their victims but their children who ask "what is pregnant? with "should we inform on people". Please read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was a great book well written
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150 pages, very dry cliffhanger. I was impressed by all the high ratings, I do not think I read the same book. Needs editing. Boring. AD
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Bittysmom More than 1 year ago
I liked this book enough that I bought the other three in the series. It's a different take on Germany during World War II. I have often wondered how the people of Germany could look the other way at what all was going on there and this explains a lot. Hitler ruled with fear and threats that he followed through on and the people of Germany were also prisoners of his rule. He took their children away and brainwashed them.