Heck, who died in 2005, wrote that his earliest memory as a child in germany was hearing hitler speak over the radio he joined the hitler youth at age 10 in 1938, and was eventually promoted to major general. I listened to adolf hitler, and obeyed, were the words of alfons heck as a child he grew up in germany as a young boy and turned into one of hitler's creations when he turned 10 years old, alfons was picked to attend the nuremberg reichsparteitag, an annual mass of the nazi regime during this. A child of hitler: germany in the days when god wore a swastika is the reconstructed autobiography of alfons heck's experience as a heavily indoctrinated and ultimately high-ranking leader in the hitler youth from the beginning of the nazi regime to its demise heck later went on to speak publicly. Discussion of the documentary, confessions of a hitler youth humanities 221 professor easton 1 what do you think made the hitler youth organization attractive to children like alfons heck heck's analysis is that hy was a massive case of child abuse, turning children who were.
Through ayer's narrative and excerpts from heck's memoirs, a child of hitler and the burden of hitler's legacy, readers learn how alfons changed from a loving, wholesome boy to a nazi devil (even the germans called the elite hitler youth by that name. In a child of hitler alfons heck writes about his childhood in 1930s and 40s germany, and his time spent in the hitler youth heck characterizes germany's youth as the enthusiastic victims of our führer, and it is around this idea that he centers the rest of his book.
A child of hitler : germany in the days when god wore a swastika by alfons heck ( book ) 9 editions published between 1985 and 1993 in 3 languages and held by 11 worldcat member libraries worldwide. The burden of hitlers legacy is the work of an accomplished, knowledgeable and talented writer that having been saidi much prefered his first book a child of hitler in which he simply tells of his experiences, memories and reflections of life in the 1940's as a high ranking, 16 year old, hitler youth leader. Reflecting on his time in the hitler youth, alfons heck writes, i never once during the hitler years thought of myself as anything but a decent, honorable young german, blessed with a glorious future this blatant honesty permeates a child of hitler, and it is his willingness to candidly convey the inner thoughts of a child seduced by the.
Hitler never once cared about the children just his power and uccess over all i have explained what the youth went through throughout the movement, what the youth was taught, why some joined the movement, and why some protest against the movement. Order our child of hitler: germany in the days when god wore a swastika study guide alfons heck this study guide consists of approximately 30 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of child of hitler. Parallel journeys is a nonfiction account of helen waterford, a jewish girl who survived auschwitz, and alfons heck, a powerful member of hitler youth the chapters alternate between helen and alfons.
In this sequel to his first autobiographical work, a child of hitler, alfons heck continues his story, but with the overarching aim of demonstrating that germans themselves, and most notably the young people, were also victimized by hitler's madness. Alfons heck (see readings, joining the hitler youth and models of obedience in chapter 6), who became a high-ranking hitler youth leader during the war, was captured in germany by the allies in march 1945 when his captors confronted him with evidence of atrocities committed by germans, he refused to believe it. Summary/annotation - she was a young german jew he was an ardent member of the hitler youth this is the story of their parallel journey through world war ii helen waterford and alfons heck were born just a few miles from each other in the german rhineland.
A child in the hitler youth frightening story of willing submission to nazism june 05, 1985 | by linda matchan, boston globe this is not a popularity contest,`` alfons heck said solemnly while introducing himself to the audience at dean junior college in franklin, mass ``to my knowledge, i am the highest-ranking hilter youth leader living in the united states`` the lecture hall was silent. Holocaust unit - cluster activities cluster 1 questions for serving mein fuhrer, an excerpt from a biography by e ayer, pages 21-27 what could happen to a parent who tried to keep a child from joining the hitler youth.
Parallel journeys takes you through the stories of these two people: alfons heck, a high ranking officer in the hitler youth, and helen waterford, a young jewish woman fighting for survival together, when the holocaust is over, helen and alfons teach people about what their life was like. From the paper: in a child of hitler written by alfons heck, he tells a story of a young boy who grew up entirely in hitler's germany and was a fanatic until the day the allied troops took him captured in 1945. American author eleanor h ayer's parallel journeys(1995), a children's nonfiction history book, was written with help from the subjects of the book, helen waterford and alfons heck set during the rise of nazi germany, it is the story of two german children born only a few miles apart in the german rhineland. After the nuremberg trials, heck came to realize that the hitler youth was a massive case of child abuse he concludes that, depending on what we fill our children with-good or evil, hate or compassion-the story of the hitler youth could be repeated.