Daniel Half Human

By: David Chotjewitz

Book Summary

In 1933, Daniel and Armin become blood brothers after spending a night in jail. Daniel and Armin's friendship continues to grow. They talk about the many things they will do but, Daniel learns the truth. His mother is Jewish therefore, making him half-Jewish. Daniel is forced to keep this secret buried even though Armin wants him to join the Hitler Youth. Armin joins anyway though his father forbids it. This friendship tries to survive even through the darkest nights in Germany. Will Armin's choice risk their friendship? Or even worse? Risk Daniel's life....

Book Theme

I think the theme for my book is, love conquers all. Armins and Daniels friendship tries to survive to the very end. Their friendship tries to go through many different things. They talk about the many adventures they will go on. Daniel has to flee away from Germany in fear of being captured by the Nazis. In 1945, Daniel later comes back to Germany. He is stationed there for the army. He comes face to face with Armin once again and then they truly find out that love conquers all.

Historical Event: How it started

On the night of January 30, 1933, Nazis in Berlin celebrated the appointment of Adolf Hitler as Chancellor of Germany by conducting massive torchlight parades. Within two months, Hitler acquired dictatorial powers resulting from the Enabling Act passed by the Nazi-controlled Reichstag. Hitler's acquisition of power meant the Hitler Youth and all other Nazi organizations now had the official power of the State on their side.

On April 3, 1933, Schirach sent fifty Hitler Youths storming into the Berlin offices of the Reichs Committee of German Youth Associations, an organization representing nearly six million German children involved a huge array of youth programs. Staff members inside the building were told to continue working and were simply informed they were now under the authority of the Hitler Youth.

What is the Hitler Youth about?

The Hitler Youth was a logical extension of Hitler's belief that the future of Nazi Germany was its children. The Hitler Youth was seen as being as important to a child as school was. In the early years of the Nazi government, Hitler had made it clear as to what he expected German children to be like:

"The weak must be chiselled away. I want young men and women who can suffer pain. A young German must be as swift as a greyhound, as tough as leather, and as hard as Krupp's steel."

The Hitler Youth catered for 10 to 18 year olds. There were separate organizations for boys and girls. The task of the boys section was to prepare the boys for military service. For girls, the organization prepared them for motherhood. Hitler believed tough physical training would instill confidence and that "this self-confidence must be instilled from childhood into every German. His entire education and training must be designed to convince him of his absolute superiority over others." Hitler viewed education as a means of raising nationalist enthusiasm in German boys while teaching them to be ready to sacrifice themselves for the Fatherland. Special assemblies were often held in school halls featuring themes of heroism and readiness to die for "the cause."

Tying the event into the book.....

I think that the author did not do a very good job regards of talking about the Hitler Youth. The only big connection that was made with the Hitler Youth was that Armin and other boys joined this organization. Armin joined this group but I barely knew anything about the Hitler Youth. What Armin did to some of the Jews did portray what the Hitler Youth did but, it wasn't enough. I feel like the author should have gone more in depth with what the organization did.


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