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Under the SS Shadow [Kindle Edition]

Traugott Vogel , Shirley Stephens
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UNDER THE SS SHADOW is a true story of a Hitler Youth, an SS major's son,who runs for his life in war-torn Europe. He sees his father shot down by guerrillas, rebuilds his life from the ruins, leaves Hitler's SS emblem for another symbol.

Excerpts from UNDER THE SS SHADOW:

* "In an official declaration, my father stated that he and his family had left the state church. We were Gottglaubig. The SS symbol became the point of reference for our family."

* "We of the Hitler Youth were going forward with Hitler, we were sure. Several years later, as I huddled in a foxhole, I wondered where we were going or where we could go."

*"I feel like a man sitting in a car that's going down a hill," my father said, "but it's too late to get out."

* "May 7, 1945, Germany officially surrendered to the Western Allies. On May 9, Russian troops marched into Berlin. I could not even guess what the future held for me."

* "Augsburg is about fifty miles from Dachau, location of the infamous concentration camp. Only after the war did we discover what had happened at our doorstep."

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More God Squad Than SS 24 April 2013
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I thought this book might have been more SS relevant and not about his life in the church . More about the SS role side.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Slow 21 Aug. 2013
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I expected an in depth look at life in an SS family. what I git was a tome on christiantity
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3.0 out of 5 stars Under SS Shadow 22 April 2012
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I an unable to review this book yet as I have not as yet read it, however I am looking forward to reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 1st hand experience 10 Aug. 2006
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Very uplifting book highlighting the redemptive nature of Gods plan for the life of a young boy raised in the Hitler Youth Movement. It also offers an historical perspective on the days of Hitler-era Germany and the often overlooked fact that not all who were part of the elite German SS were there by their own accord. The book is historically accurate but also entertaining - easy to read but hard to put down.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It is, perhaps, a double edged sword. 26 Sept. 2013
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I read the description as well as many of the reviews before I got this one so I was aware that the book would have a decided Christian bent to it. I don't normally read books in the Christian genre but I decided to give this one a try because of the WWII aspect.

The book is initially written from the perspective of young Traugott Vogel, son of a high ranking Nazi SS officer. It is interesting to read his recollections of being in the Hitler youth movement, his indoctrination into the Nazi mindset and his absolute belief that Hitler and Germany were doing the right thing. His hatred of the British and Americans is venomous, especially when he gets a first hand look at "Allied justice" in the form of bombing raids against Germany. It is apparent that the Nazi propaganda machine was working well up until just before the war ended. Hitler's Germany was killing people by the millions and being lauded as heroes by the German people for doing so, yet the Allies became the "bombing murderers" in Traugott's mind as the tides of war shifted. Luckily, after the occupation by American forces, the German people were treated with more respect than was perhaps deserved once the atrocities of the Nazi regime were uncovered. Although there was still hatred and animosity on both sides, the spirit of America reached out and touched this confused young man and led him from the dark to the light. Outstanding so far, right? Right.

The story goes on to expound on Traugott's conversion to Christianity, and from that point on I could take it or leave it. I imagine that as a testament to his belief that his conversion was miraculous, the book does what it was written to do. I read it cover to cover and I must say, I was far more interested in the insights into the German mindset of the time than I was in reading what amounted to career decisions as the book progressed.

For those of you looking for a fairly unique portrayal of the German mindset during WWII, this book will give you that and more. Those looking for an uplifting account of God working in strange and mysterious ways will enjoy this one as well. If, however, you are adamantly opposed to reading what amounts to a testimonial about one man's conversion to Christianity...perhaps this one isn't for you.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opener 5 Dec. 2012
By spin monkey - Published on
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This is a book that covers history and the way God works in a persons life. Mr Vogel was very detailed in what life was like living in Germany during World WarII. I enjoyed reading about his life as a Hilter Youth and letting the reader know what it was like to be high rank in Hitler's army. But the best part was when Mr. Vogel realized his need for Jesus. What a testimony he had in that he had to overcome a lot of troubles and then know that Jesus was the only answer. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history and seeing God work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Trau Gott 4 Aug. 2013
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Discovering the religious theme in this book was unexpected. Inspired and honest, this account adds a refreshing perspective to a dark chapter in history and how this man's faith led to his healing and subsequent path in life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book 6 Sept. 2008
By R. Petty - Published on
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I am privilidged to actually know the author. War is a terrible thing, and Traugott brings the personal touches of how he overcomes bitter feelings to accept Christ and begin a life of service to the King!
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