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Boy Soldiers

By Helene Munson

9780750997119

ISBN: 9780750997119

Published: 01-10-2021


Boy Soldiers

By Helene Munson

ISBN: 9780750997119

Published: 01-10-2021

About This Book

Boy Soldiers documents the sensitive topic of elite-schooled youth soldiers under the Nazi regime. Teachers were conflicted between educating children in good faith and the authorities’ demands to turn students into mini Nazis, whether at common Napolas, or elite Feldafing, as experienced by Helene Munson’s father who was then sent to train for the SS at 17 years old. This deeply personal book explores the long-lasting effects of young minds brainwashed, when children were forced to sign membership to a party they did not understand. Helene’s father’s sufferings cast a shadow over her own childhood, and after reading his wartime diaries she embarked upon a mission to retrace his steps and shine a light upon this taboo subject: what happened to ten million German children who attended Nazi-dominated schools and 300,000 German child soldiers sent into WWII. This is Helene's father’s story, but also the story of a whole generation of German children who silently lived with the shame of what was done to them.

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