From School to War: Growing Up in Hitlers Germany

From School to War: Growing Up in Hitlers Germany

by Wolf Dettbarn

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As a child in 1930s Germany, Wolf Dettbarn was playful and curious, plopping old ladies' hats into a bathtub to see if they would float and watching tadpoles hatch on the banks of the Werra River. At odds with his military family, Wolf dreamed of becoming a doctor, but the rising power of the Nazi Party changed the course of his adolescent life. At thirteen he was sent to the Adolf Hitler Schule in Bavaria and at seventeen he was conscripted into active duty, and all the while he struggled to hide his dislike for the school and the military, and his growing disillusion with the Nazi regime. When the war finally ended, Wolf set aside his military past and worked to rebuild his life and realize his childhood dreams.
Wolf, a natural storyteller, describes his transition from schoolboy to soldier to doctor with unaffected candor and insight, painting a picture of the fear, propaganda, and silence that surrounded him as Germany fell to pieces. Wolf's reflection on his young adulthood is a story of devastation and resilience, proof that humanity can grow in the worst of conditions.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158938801
Publisher: Truman State University Press
Publication date: 09/08/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 216
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Wolf Dettbarn was born in Berlin in 1928 and grew up in a family with a long history of military service. When he was ten years old, he was a member of the Jungvolk and witnessed Kristallnacht in Eschwege. At thirteen, he joined Hitler Jugend and was enrolled in the elite Adolf Hitler Schule in Sonthofen, Bavaria. He was in Kassel in 1944 when the city was being bombed by Allied forces, and in October 1944 was conscripted into the Volkssturm. He was captured by American troops in April 1945 and spent several months in a POW camp before returning home to resume his studies in preparation for medical school.

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