Wolfhilde's Hitler Youth Diary
is the chronicle of a girl growing up in Munich
during the most volatile time in world history.
Initially, the material upset me emotionally in an unexpected way. It took me some time to re-read the diary entries one by one to gain a calmer perspective. Of course, for 60 years or longer I have been aware of the strategies and tactics, the techniques and methods applied and utilized by the Nazi regime to contaminate and poison the minds and souls of people-beginning with children from the age of 10-with its fierce, all-embracing ideology.
Never, before reading Wolfhilde's Hitler Youth Diary, have I been confronted with such massive, monstrous evidence as to what the Nazi regime was doing to us-and how they did it. What is presented here in the diary of a girl from 13 through 21 years of age is a textbook example-concrete evidence-of how they did it.
Wolfgang Schleich, 1928-
Journalist. Retired since 1990 from Radio Free Europe,
where he worked for almost 35 years as a reporter, editor,
traveling correspondent and head of the network's Berlin Bureau.