Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow

by Susan Campbell Bartoletti (Scholastic Nonfiction, an imprint of Scholastic)

The book cover of "Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow" by Susan Campbell Bartoletti features a Hitler Youth in his uniform, while Hitler can be partially seen behind him, with his hands on the boy's shoulders. Behind them, men and women give the Hitler salute. This photo has been superimposed over a huge photo of Hitler Youth Rally. The John Newbery Medal has been affixed to the lower left corner.


How could the Holocaust have happened? Bartoletti delivers a chilling answer by exploring Hitler’s rise to power through the first-hand experiences of young followers whose adolescent zeal he so successfully exploited and the more extraordinary few who risked certain death in resisting. The meticulously researched volume traces the Hitler Youth movement from the time it formally gathered strength in the early 1930s through the defeat of the Third Reich. The grace and clarity of the writing make Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow a powerful addition to Holocaust literature for children.

Awards Won

Title Year
image of the John Newbery medal John Newbery Medal
The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
2006 - Honor(s)