Monday, March 31, 2008

The Boy Who Dared: A Novel Based on the True Story of a Hitler Youth

In October, 1942, seventeen-year-old Helmuth Hübener, imprisoned for distributing anti-Nazi leaflets, recalls his past life and how he came to dedicate himself to bring the truth about Hitler and the war to the German people. Excerpt pages 108-109: "Why are the Nazis so afraid of words? What don't they want him to know? Helmuth can't explain it, but reading that book feels necessary, as necessary as breath... "Do you know how much trouble you can get in? If the Gestapo catch you stealing books --"..."I didn't steal it, I borrowed it. Listen to this. Heinrich Mann says that revolutions are rare because people are too selfish. They think only of themselves"..."You want to start a revolution?"... Listen to a booktalk here.

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