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Children were at the center of the Nazi ideology; now we have their history of those years. In this groundbreaking study–based on a wide range of new sources–Nicholas Stargardt details what happened to children of all nationalities and religions living under the Nazi regime. Their stories open a world we have never seen before. As the Nazis overran Europe, children were saved or damned according to their race. Drawing on an untouched wealth of original material–school assignments; juvenile diaries; letters; and even accounts of children’s games–Nicholas Stargardt breaks stereotypes of victimhood and trauma to give us the gripping individual stories of the generation Hitler made.
“Impressive. . . . In comprehensively studying a population defined not by race, religion or nationality but by age, Stargardt has added considerably and imaginatively to the scholarship of the Holocaust and war.” –The Baltimore Sun
“Magnificent. . . . Stargardt is brilliant. . . . His great achievement is to touch us with the experiences of all these children.” –The Guardian (London)
“Stargardt tells this uncomfortable tale at its bitterest moment, from the point of view of the children who perished under Nazism or lived through it.” –The Washington Post Book World
“Illuminating. . . . Witnesses of War belongs on the bookshelf on anyone who purports to know the history of the 20th century. . . . An important contribution to the study of the war’s psychological impact on children.” –Houston Chronicle