Children to a Degree

Children to a Degree

By Horst Christian

  • Release Date : 2013-12-01
  • Genre : Historical
  • FIle Size : 2.74 MB
Score: 4.5
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Children to a Degree Based on a true story about a young boy growing up under the Third Reich.

Karl Veth, the oldest of three children, was born in Berlin, Germany in 1930. By the time he was old enough to start school and begin his education, Hitler had already established a firm death-grip on the country. Children were fed a steady diet of Nazi propaganda and were often encouraged to turn on their family and friends but contrary to popular belief, not all of them bought into it.

Karl is an intelligent young boy who strives to excel in his studies, but he questions everything. Dangerous questions during a time when people are closely monitored.  Karl’s father and grandfather are not blind followers and they have their own opinions about Hitler and his regime.  The lessons they teach Karl often contradict what he is taught in school, yet they also inspire him to think on his own and form his own opinions.

German law mandates that all children must become members of the Hitler Youth and at the age of 10, Karl enters the Jungvolk, the junior branch of the Hitler Youth.  He must wade through the propaganda and everything he is taught to decide for himself what is right and what it wrong.  Little does he know at the time, but many of his grandfather’s predictions about the future of the Third Reich will eventually come to pass.  The lessons he learns now and the opinions he forms will determine his fate in dangerous times ahead. 

Author’s Note:
Karl Veth’s story originally began in the first book of the series, Loyal To A Degree. After receiving a tremendous amount of positive feedback from readers, as well as a number of questions about Karl and his life before the fall of Berlin, I was inspired to write Children To A Degree.  Although it has been released as the third book in the series, it serves as a prequel to the first two books. My sincerest thanks go out to the readers who asked the questions and inspired this book.

Don’t miss Karl’s incredible story in the days before and after the fall of Berlin in Loyal To A Degree and Trust to a Degree.


  • Children to a degree

    By Skeeterbelle
    Excellent read...on par with the book "The Book Thief"
  • Well written and informative

    By Cobramgb
    This was a very good book and after reading it I immediately downloaded Loyal To A Degree, the second book in the series. I found myself liking Karl and pulling for him. Definitely provides a look at growing up in the Third Reich.
  • I will read all the other books!

    By vivvieanna
    This book was wonderful. I am fully captivated. I'm ready for the other books right now!
  • Good

    By Me!! Not You
    I need to read the next book. I really enjoyed this one!!
  • Children to a Degree

    By Littleone42u
    I read these books to better understand the mindset of the German people before the war and during ww2. He gives great Insite to that question.
  • Children to a Degree

    By HighFlyer2012
    I arrived in Germany in December 1946, a naive American teenager. The shock of viewing the destruction opened my eyes to the horrors of war. After reading " Children To A Degree" I now have a better understanding of the life the children and their families endured on a daily basis. Anyone interested in learning how children's lives are affected and opinions formed by affairs out of their control should read this book. As you read Karl's story you will wonder how someone so young could gain such mature thinking.
  • Children to a Degree

    By Flower2218
    An eye-opener to how children's lives were during Hitler's time.
  • Children to a Degree

    By Book Nickname?
    A young adult book in style, but one that I found fascinating as an adult old enough to remeumber WWll when I was Karl's age. I always wondered about ordinary Germans and how they responded to Hitler's madness. This book takes us into a supposedly typical German family from an intelligent adolescent's point of view and shows his desire to do his best while using his mind and for the first time, answering my questions about how one might be drawn into an evil system while maintaining some sort of character in the process. The only other book that has done this for me is "Stones from the River" by Ursula (can't remember last name) I would strongly recommend this book for a person young or old, who is interested in this period of history
  • The power of intimidation

    By Cb1llyrub
    This book was very interesting depicting life in Germany during the also showed how intimidation, often based on erroneous beliefs and not known facts (read the book about this) was a dangerous and yet effective tool of war...sort of what the world is facing now
  • Children to a Degree

    By Everything be alright
    I lived in Germany from 1985 to 1987, my father fought in WWII, my husband lived in Germany for 8 years, and my father-in-law flew in the Berlin Airlift. This book explained so many nuances of German daily life during the war. I have a better understanding of many of the engrained social customs and beliefs of today. The image of the frog in a sauce pan as the heat is gradually turned up came to mind. Easy reading. Well written.