Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow

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Hitler Youth: Growing up in Hitler's Shadow is a non-fiction children's book written by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, and published in 2005. It received the Newbery Honor medal in 2006.[1]

The book is a study of the Hitler Youth, a paramilitary organization of children dedicated to furthering the aims of the Third Reich, and was organized around interviews with 12 former members and their experiences in the organization.

One episode of the book is fleshed out into her novel The Boy Who Dared, about Helmuth Hübener, the youngest person to be sentenced to death by the Nazis during World War II.[2]


  1. ^ "Some top 2006 awards conferred". The Christian Science Monitor. January 31, 2006. Retrieved February 1, 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Boy Who Dared". Scholastic.com. Retrieved February 2, 2015. 

The book has been read in many classrooms around the world. It is an clear example of what young children had to face when Adolf Hitler rose to power in the 1930s-mid 1940s.