Parallel Journeys Author:Eleanor H. Ayer She was a young German Jew. He was an ardent member of the Hitler Youth. This is the story of their parallel journey through World War II. — Helen Waterford and Alfons Heck were born just a few miles from each other in the German Rhineland. But their lives took radically different courses: Helen's to the Auschwitz extermination camp; Alfons to ... more »a high rank in the Hitler Youth. While Helen was hiding in Amsterdam, Alfons was a fanatic believer in Hitler's "master race." While she was crammed in a cattle car bound for the death camp Auschwitz, he was a teenage commander of frontline troops, ready to fight and die for the glory of Hitler and the Fatherland. This book tells both of their stories, side-by-side, in an overwhelming account of the nightmare that was WWII. The riveting stories of these two remarkable people must stand as a powerful lesson to us all.« less
This true story is riveting as it outlines a young Jewish woman's experience in WW2 and a young German boy who
was part of Hitler's youth. The chapters go back and forth between the two people. It really does an excellent job explaining how the German people grew to believe Hitler's
promises and to block out any indication of the horror that was happening as a result of Hitler's policies. It also explains what happened to both of these people after the war. It is an excellent book for high school and adults as well. I used this as part of a high school history study on WW2.