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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Daniel, a German teenager in the years of Hitler's rise to power in pre-war Germany, is in favor of the Nazi party until he discovers that he is half-Jewish. Story revolves around his friendship with ... Read full review

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As young swastika-painting teens in 1933 Germany, Daniel and Armin swear everlasting blood brotherhood and hope to join the Hitler Youth. But Daniel finds out his mother is Jewish and realizes the ... Read full review

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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.

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