Partners To A Degree (Growing Up Under the Third Reich, #4)

Partners To A Degree (Growing Up Under the Third Reich, #4)

by Horst Christian

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

As World War II comes to an end for Germany, 14-year-old Karl Veth and his best friend, Harold Kellner, narrowly survive the fall of Berlin. Their knowledge of the city's subway system plays a key role in their survival during the battle of Berlin and will do so again in the days that follow as the Soviets control the city.

After being arrested by a Russian Political Kommissar, Karl and Harold are given the option of being shipped off to Russian labor camps or completing missions for the Kommissar and earning their freedom. The promise of freedom and the possibility of receiving information about the fate of their families is more than enough to ensure their cooperation.

The Kommissar is continually surprised by Karl and Harold's ingenuity and resourcefulness as they complete each mission. He develops a fondness for the boys and offers to adopt them and take them back to Russia with him when he returns. Holding out hope they will eventually be reunited with their families, they refuse the Kommissar's offer. Unfortunately, only one boy's dream of seeing his family again will come true.

The ravages of war dramatically changed their lives and while Karl and Harold have each suffered the loss of loved ones – one has lost more than the other. One boy will struggle to put his life back on track and the other will embark on a path of revenge – fueled by grief and anger at the lies that caused his loss and the destruction of his homeland.

One boy's story comes to an end, while the other's is just beginning.

Books In The Series:

Children To A Degree

Loyal To A Degree

Trust To A Degree

Partners To A Degree

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501445798
Publisher: Horst Christian
Publication date: 06/24/2014
Series: Growing Up Under the Third Reich
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 340,442
File size: 954 KB

About the Author

Horst Christian was born in Berlin, Germany in 1930. His father, a mathematician and a banker, taught him to read and write before the age of 5. He discovered his love for writing by the time he was 10 years old and wrote vacation reports and several articles for the German school periodical "Hilf Mit."

When Horst was 10, he entered the "Jungvolk," a subdivision of the Hitler Youth, which was mandatory in the Berlin school system. He then entered the Hitler Youth at the age of 14, also mandatory, and continued writing for the Hitler Youth periodicals "Der Pimpf" and "Die Deutsche Jugend Burg."

His favorite pastime was playing in the U-Bahn (subway) tunnels. While other children played soccer, Horst, with a few other likeminded children, explored Berlin by riding the subway trains.

Drafted to help defend Berlin against the Soviets at the age of 14 because of his unique knowledge of the subway system, he served as a guide for various SS demolition commandos.

In the early 1950s, Horst immigrated to the United States and became a US citizen after the mandatory 5-year waiting period. He loves to travel and has visited all 50 states in the US, most of Europe, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and some Central American countries. He now resides with his wife Jennifer of 42 years, in Northern California, where he has been for the last thirty years.

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Partners To A Degree 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Bittysmom More than 1 year ago
Wonderful series.  I read them all.  Recommend them highly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the books in the series , and all are good. Each picks up right after the other ; it reads like a long conversation. As the author states, this is a completely different perspective on the affects the war and how this shaped the youth of Germany. I would recommend the series to anyone looking for something that doesn't seem rehashed in some way.
reader75LL More than 1 year ago
I recommend this series of historical accounting's from this author, relating to the History of the European theater of World War II. The sad part about the relation of these times is still ongoing in a vast amount of todays so called civilized society. The two individual lives that were the main theme, shows how they each took individual sociological routes in there lives. It is amazing to read about the people who had been raised by good family's morals and more or less go against these teachings. The series written by the author are interesting and he has developed them into good stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For me, there is no greater find than a book, or better yet, a series that grabs you and pulls you in and doesn't let go. I am still seeing and thinking about Karl and Harold. My heart felt thanks to you, Mr Christian for sharing this amazing, frightning, unbeleivable yet true story with us. I will be keeping my eye on you; hoping you continue writing and scooping up all your books. Review by....... Pamisue.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the books and feel blessed to have had the opportunity to see how you handled yourself when put into the harm of WWII. Many nights I was unable to stop reading because I just wanted to find a "good" spot to stop, clearly there were none. My heart broke, as I am sure yours did with the choice that Harold made to stay involved in the military, so as to get revenge for the murder of his mother. I pray that your heart finds healing and peace as you write these books from your life changing memory as a young man. I want to encourage you with the fact that I believe your life that you choose after your escape from the war is one that would also be a good book for me to read, if you feel led to write. Recommend read for all teens thru adults, you will see WWII completly different through the eyes of this author and his friend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was a powerful book. Hope to read more
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*Runs and jumps over the sandbags, running towards the enemy trench, LeMat revolver in one hand and machete in the other. Miraculously, he makes it across, unscathed, and begins to massacre the nazis.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Appears. Her hand is loaded with her freshly shined gun, ready to shed blood.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wobbily got up and limped back to res three.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was unconsious by the second clip bleeding out and running out of oxegen
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Ran to them his gun pulled out
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She watched buck quietly.