Playing with Matches

Playing with Matches

Inspired by True Events

HEINZ Schultz's word could send a man to prison. Though only a youth of fifteen, he was strong, tall, and blond. The boys in his Deutsches Jungvolk unit esteemed him and feared him.

And they wanted to be just like him.
Emil Radle wanted to be just like him.

A dedicated member of Hitler Youth, Emil was loyal to the Fuehrer before family, a champion for the cause and a fan of the famous Luftwaffe Air force.

Emil's friends Moritz and Johann discover a shortwave radio and everything changes. Now they listen to the forbidden BBC broadcast of news reports that tell both sides. Now they know the truth.

The boys along with Johann's sister Katharina, band together to write out the reports and covertly distribute flyers through their city. It's an act of high treason that could have them arrested--or worse.

As the war progresses, so does Emil's affection for Katharina. He'd do anything to have a normal life and to stay in Passau by her side. But when Germany's losses become immense, even their greatest resistance can't prevent the boys from being sent to the Eastern Front.

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I loved this book. It is so realistic that at times I had to remind myself that it is a novel.
Once in a while, a reader of kindle books comes upon a 'gem'. This is such a find. Totally believable story about a sassy 10-year-old German boy, indoctrinated by the Hitler Youth, who as he grows older comes to gradually realize the evil of Nazism. Highly recommended!
This was an excellent story of the other side of Germany in World War II. We always read or hear about the Nazi’s and the atrocities that were committed by command of the Feuhrer. “Playing with Matches” gives us a view of those in Germany who did not want war and who were not fans of Hitler.
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About the Book
Series: Playing with Matches, Book 1
Genres: Historical Fiction, war fiction, World War Two Fiction, Young Adult
Tags: Lee Strauss, military and war, Recommended Books, young adult
Publisher: La Plume Press
Publication Year: 2012
Length: 287
ISBN: 9780987807823
List Price: 6.99
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