The Ausländer

The Ausländer

eBook - 2011
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When Peter's parents are killed, he is sent to an orphanage in Warsaw, Poland. But Peter is Volksdeutscher-of German blood. With his blond hair and blue eyes, he looks just like the boy on the Hitler Youth poster. The Nazis decide he is racially valuable. Indeed, a prominent German family is pleased to adopt such a fine Aryan specimen into their household. But despite his new "family," Peter feels like a foreigner-an ausländer-and he is forming his own ideas about what he sees and what he's told. He doesn't want to be a Nazi. So he takes a risk-the most dangerous one he could possibly choose in 1942 Berlin.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2011
ISBN: 9781599907741
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (295 p.)


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Sep 16, 2016

Liked the book, entertaining read. I love how it shows how life was like back in Nazi germany, that's why i gave it 4 stars. But at the ending some loose ends are not tied up.

May 26, 2015

This is a very ambitious novel, but it didn't really deliver on its potential. At the beginning of the book Peter's reactions to the happenings around him seemed far too indifferent considering what he had already been through. When he does finally start to respond to what he sees, it seems his motivation comes from his girlfriend, not his own experiences or conscience.

Aug 19, 2013

Piotr, a Polish teenager with German background and stunning Aryan looks, is adopted by a high-ranking Nazi doctor. As he navigates his new family life and the demands of the Hitler Youth, he becomes more and more disenchanted with Nazi propaganda. Of course, to do so is lethally dangerous. Fascinating story, with grim but important historical details—a really good picture of Nazi Germany. A real page-turner. Despite this, the plotline is very meandering—it’s more of a biography of this fictional character with rising stakes. Taken for what it is, it’s gold.

Jan 17, 2013

Auslander (Foreigner) - I have to agree with the previous reviewer, this was a very interesting book to read. The book is about a young Polish boy Piotr (Peter Bruck) whose parents were killed in Poland during the German occupancy leaving him an orphan. Because of Peter’s fluency in German and his Aryan features, he was sent to Berlin and adopted by a prominent German family. Peter slowly rebelled and longed for a life without fear and for freedom. This book describes to some extent what life would have been like for anyone who was non-German while the Nazi’s were in power. It also reminds us that there were Germans who did not believe in Nazi ideology and tried to save those who suffered the brunt the Nazi’s hate and actions. While I found the book a little slow at first, my interest increased and the book had a strong finish. I recommend this book for any teen or adult reader. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

Jul 21, 2012

This is the best book I have read in quite a long time. There's not much else to say than this was an incredibly informational and heartfelt look into the past. I loved every page of it.

Oct 15, 2011

Realistic look at a boy's new life in a Hitler Youth group.


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