Daniel Half Human: And the Good Nazi

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 12, 2004 - Juvenile Fiction - 298 pages
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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.


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This book was very interesting. There was a lot of action. It was a little confusing at times. Even though it was interesting, i'm not sure that it is the right book for me. I think it is more for boys because both of the main characters are both boys and there is violence. This book takes place in the holocaust. Even though i'm not sure if i liked this book i am glad i read it. Most of the time i liked reading it, but sometimes it was confusing and violent. If you think that you are interested, try it out! Maybe it is the right book for you! (M.H.) 

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About the author (2004)

David Chotjewitz is a teacher and playwright. He lives with his daughter in Hamburg, Germany, where, in 2000, this book was published to acclaim.

Doris Orgel's own novel of the Nazi period, The Devil in Vienne, is considered a classic. She has translated many books from German, including a recent volume of the Grimm fairy tales. She lives in New York City.