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Author Chotjewitz, David.

Title Daniel half human : and the good Nazi / David Chotjewitz ; translated by Doris Orgel.

Imprint New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2004.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Children's Fiction    j CHOTJEWITZ,DAV    Available
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Description 298 p. ; 24 cm.
Note "A Richard Jackson Book."
Summary In 1933, best friends Daniel and Armin admire Hitler, but as anti-Semitism buoys Hitler to power, Daniel learns he is half Jewish, threatening the friendship even as life in their beloved Hamburg, Germany, is becoming nightmarish. Also details Daniel and Armin's reunion in 1945 in interspersed chapters. All his life, Daniel has been hiding. He just doesn't know it. Until the spring of 1933, he's enjoyed a comfortable German boyhood with his well-to-do family, in school, at soccer. Daniel's even enjoyed jail -- for one exciting night -- with his best friend, Armin, after they've been caught painting a swastika on a wall in the hated Communist section of Hamburg. In their cell, the boys cut their wrists, mingle blood, and swear lasting brotherhood. Then, a thunderclap: Daniel learns to his horror that his mother is Jewish, that he is therefore half-Jewish and, in Aryan eyes, half-human. Daniel keeps the truth a secret. He and Armin still talk of joining the Hitler Youth. But Armin's father, an out-of-work longshoreman and a Socialist, forbids it. Armin joins anyway, with fateful consequences for Daniel's family. Throughout World War II, and until the story's haunting final scene, each friend holds the life of the other in his hands.
Subject Nazis -- Fiction.
Best friends -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Prejudices -- Fiction.
Jews -- Germany -- History -- 1933-1945 -- Fiction.
Germany -- History -- 1933-1945 -- Juvenile fiction.
Germany -- History -- 1933-1945 -- Fiction.
Genre/Form Juvenile materials.
Added Author Orgel, Doris. 1929-
Added Title Daniel halber mensch. English
ISBN 0689857470
3551580456 (German ed., published by Carlsen Verlag in March 2000)
9780689857478 : 51795

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