Profiles the life of Adolf Hitler, providing information on his youth, his rise to power, his role in World War II, his hatred for Jews, and his impact on the world.
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The book opens with a short description by Edward R. Murrow, a famous reporter, of what he viewed as he toured Buchenwald, a concentration camp, and ends with Hitler¿s suicide in a bunker under Berlin during the last days of World War II. In between there is a complete, if brief, history of Hitler¿s life, his incredible rise to power and the atrocities committed while he was the dictator of Germany. He is responsible for the deaths of an estimated 60 million people as a result of World War II including the genocide of 11 million people in concentration camps, 6 million of them Jews. His charismatic personality and strong will convinced the people of Germany that they were the chosen race. It was their duty to serve the state and their individual rights were unimportant. What happened in Germany and in the world as a result of Hitler¿s ideologies is described in detail with maps and photographs.Well written and very complete in a form accessible to middle school students, Hitler is one of several titles in the ¿A Wicked History: 20th Century¿ biography series. The Timeline of Terror and the Wicked Web, a look at his allies and enemies, are especially effective for helping teen readers understand what happened. The biography also includes a glossary, an index, and a bibliography. This title and others in the series would be good additions for the general reader and as high interest titles for reluctant readers. Other subjects include diverse historical figures Henry VIII, Torquemada, Catherine the Great and Idi Amin. Grades 5-8