Someone Named Eva

By: Joan M. Wolf

Summary

My book was about a girl named Milada. She grew up in a small town with her friends and family during WW2. On a very special birthday, Milada spent time with her family and her best friend as they imagined being movie stars in the big city. It was a wonderful day, but when the night came, it turned into a nightmare. Nazi soldiers took over the village and separated families, leaving fear and worry in everyone's mind. After three days of waiting to be reunited with the rest of her family, she is separated once again. Milada is selected to be in the Hitler Youth program where she is given a new name, Eva, and is taught how to be a perfect German girl. After months of training, Milada is sent to a new home as she slowly forgets her past. As the war raged on, Milada thought all hope of finding her family was lost, until a person from the past is reunited with her.



Theme

Don't forget who you are, even if the world is trying to change you. In the story, a girl named Milada is sent to a Nazi Youth camp where the teachers and students try to change her into a perfect German girl. Even after they change her name and teach her the German language, she still holds on to the memories of her family and friends. Milada never gave up, and through the trials of war and loss, she found hope.


Research: Hitler Youth camps

Hitler Youth camps taught young men and women ages 10-18 how to be a perfect German citizen or soldier. They taught the boys how to read maps, throw grenades, and use guns. These camps taught young women how to be a nurse in the war or a mother of a German household. These girls were taught to run very fast, swim very far, and how to make a bed. The children were worked long and hard to ensure Hitler's empire would grow using the next generation.


Book Comparison to Research

After researching, I saw a lot of similarities between the author's perspective and the actual history behind Hitler Youth camps. In the story, Milada is sent to a Hitler Youth camp for girls. There Milada was taught the German language, German history, and other ways to be a perfect German girl. Through my research, I learned that girls like Milada were taught how to swim long distances, run very fast, and how to make a bed. The training exercises that the girls did in real life were very similar to the things that Milada had to do in the story. Also, the girls in the camps were around Milada's age. In the camps, there was also a wide range of different girls from different places, just like in the story. These comparisons show that the author of this book studied the Hitler Youth camps and payed very good attention to detail in the book.


Citation

Trueman, Chris. "Hitler Youth Movement." Hitler Youth Movement. History Learning Site, n.d. Web. 04 Jan. 2014