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Defeating the Totalitarian Lie: A Former Hitler Youth Warns America [Paperback]

By Hilmar von Campe (Author)
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Pages   300
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.6" Width: 5.7" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 29, 2008
ISBN  0981509193  
EAN  9780981509198  

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The main preoccupation of my parents during the Nazi years was to save us children from Nazi indoctrination says Hilmar von Campe. At 10 years old, like every other child, he had to enter the Hitler Youth and at 18 he was conscripted into the army. He was a gunner in a tank in the Yugoslavian theatre fighting the Soviet army, became in 1945 a prisoner of war of the Communist Tito government and in the same year staged a sensational escape crossing seven borders. His reports about the Nazi years and the war are a lesson of history as he brings facts unknown to most Americans. He describes the why it came about, his own moral responsibility and how his life changed. The Nazi system, like any other totalitarian system, he says, is based on lies. Lies are at the root of the problem in the world. You can't defeat them with money or armies but only with the truth. Hilmar compares developments in American society and in the world today with what happened in preNazi Germany and warns America to turn away now from the destructive ideological path we are on.

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This book is a must-read  Oct 6, 2009
Part of what makes this book so compelling is Herr von Kampe's writing style, his "voice," so to speak. He is utterly earnest and hides nothing. He relates personal incidents in his own past in vivid detail and very compellingly. In this way, he's not just preaching about abstract concepts--as crucially important as those are--but he commands the additional persuasive power that comes only from "one who has been there." Like the writers of the Bible, von Kampe boldly exposes his own past venal behavior---and what he has learned from it.

Von Kampe seamlessly weaves together the events and trends of 70 years ago with those of today, showing how the same old totalitarian temptations have always been with the human race---and what heroic effort it takes for decent, ordinary people to resist them!

One of the timeless things he shows, not tells, is the age-old human capacity for cruelty. Since my own personal sins tend to be more sins of omission, rather than commission, and outright cruelty is something I have never understood, I was very disturbed by some of the incidents he witnessed after the war, when all of Europe was in flux, full of displaced persons and wrecked towns and villages,--and Soviet troops, in their takeover of Eastern Europe including East Germany, committed horrible atrocities and massacres. The chapter in which the author relates his father's imprisonment and death at Soviet hands ended with me sobbing. I had to put the book down for a while.

Other than that, it was hard to tear myself away from this extremely compelling story. Von Kampe really is, as one commenter here said, a world treasure. Rare is the person who's experienced what van Kampe has, and who has the bravery and integrity to confront it honestly, learn from it, and very articulately share those crucial, soul-saving, society-saving lessons with all who will listen.

I read a lot of history, a lot of personal memoirs, and a lot of political books. But this book--which is really all three--is like no other. This author's voice is unique. This book is very, very special, and I recommend it with all possible urgency.
HappyHour enforced by law?  Sep 26, 2009
Will the day come when you are either at work, at home, or at a pre-designated 'holiday' attraction....or violating the law, & subject to arrest, for being somewhere other than the forementioned ? Has the swastika returned disguised as a big yellow 'Happy Face' that says "Have A Nice Day". Imagine what the Third Reich might've been had the foundation of blood-purity been deleted. Yes, the NAZI agenda is alive & well....and flourishing in the minds of powerful & influencial individuals....most of whom call the United States their home. The middle-class confuses the upper classes, and gives hope to the lower simple it would be to just let the rich get richer and the poor KEPT RIGHT WHERE THEY ARE...eliminating the middle-class exsistance all together. Afterall, we are better ...I'm a better person than so-n-so because I live there, and drive that, am married & the parent of them, work for this global corporation, am fanatically protective of my credit rating(moreso than of my children!), and won't bother to hear anything from anyone else because I've been told who to listen to for the truth. The rest of you suckers are gonna get on the box cars, 'your luggage will follow'.......and "POOF!".....a perfect society with no crime & everybody doing their best....oh, and it's so colorful...all races and religions are represented....such structure & discipline....efficiency......the poor, sick, & elderly relieved by 'acts of God'. Those are beautiful, designer, drapes in the windows of the new DEATH CAMP offices......BUT this is all my the book and WAKE UP ! Take a look at the future & leave it behind!!!
Excellent in places but not in others  Jul 14, 2009
I first saw an interview of Hilmar von Campe on television and decided to purchase this book. I am not disappointed I took the time to read it though I wish I could bring myself to rate it higher. I would probably give it a 3.5 but I am not ready to go higher.

Hilmar's personal story is a compelling one including Nazi indoctrination, escaping from a Yugoslavian prison camp, the sufferings of his family, finding God, and experiences in Latin America. I feel the author is very sincere and I also enjoyed the perspective from a former enemy who not only saw he had fought for lies but also lets readers know that the allies weren't so innocent themselves with both Western firebombing and the numerous Soviet cruelties in 1944-1945 (some are given in graphic detail). The author's primary point is a warning to America against rampant materialism, godlessness, and the cult of personality. I feel the author is right to be worried about some of the geopolitical happenings in the modern world and I share some of his views such as a Right to Bear Arms and we both abhor abortion.

Why then don't I rate the book higher? In all honesty I think the author goes too far with some of his opinions. Part of this includes differences I have concerning evolution (I am a theistic evolutionist) and Zionism (his support of Israel is more religious while mine is primarily strategic). I also believe in global warming and feel Pinochet really was a brutal leader in Chile.

In short parts of this book are excellent. I wish the author would have focused more on his personal story and gone into greater depth here. I even agree with a number of major beliefs the author shares; however, I must admit some serious disagreements on a number of other issues that keep me from deciding to rate higher. Overall, a good read and in some areas a worthwhile read but one I think should be handled with salt at times.
Defeating the Totalitarian Lie  May 10, 2009

Should be required reading for ages 16 to 18 before graduating from HS.

The whole world needs to read this book.
Defeating The Totalitarian Lie  May 1, 2009
"Defeating The Totalitarian Lie: A Hitler Youth Warns America" by Hilmar Von Campe is a sobering look at the bleakness of life and culture of death within Nazi Germany and shines like a torch as bright and as threatening as the one Paul Revere once saw.

Hilmar Von Campe wrote "How Was It Possible?" in 2006. In his book, he wanted to explain why Germany allowed a madman like Adolph Hitler to rise to power and to persecute the Jews.

However, since the publication of that book, Hilmar felt that current events demanded that he expand on his work. From his life experiences, the author understood the frightening correlation between Nazi Germany and the erosion of freedom in the United States. So, his new book is a look back at the extreme socialist agenda in Germany (taken from "How Was It Possible?") and a look forward at the increasing extreme socialist agenda in the United States.

Hilmar grew up in Germany during this tumultuous period under the shadow of Adolph Hitler. Subsequently, he was forced into the Hitler Youth organization at an early age. Meetings were usually twice a week and the youth had to sing Nazi propaganda songs. He saw within his family a split in ideology, between pro- and anti-Nazi, that became so hateful that conversation was avoided.

Hitler had a obsession for cruel treatment of his fellow citizens to drive out what he termed as `weakness.'

He once stated," Weakness must be hammered away. In my castles of Teutonic Order, a youth will grow up and the world will tremble. I want a brutal domineering, fearless, cruel youth. Youth must be all that. It must bear pain. There must be nothing weak and gentle about it. The free, splendid beast of prey must once again flash from its eyes... That is how I will eradicate thousands of years of human domestication... That is how I will create the New Order."

Von Campe describes the persecution of the Jews in detail. At a young age, Hilmar witnessed the initial and subtle marginalization of the Jews. For instance, laws were passed which discouraged Germans to buy from Jewish merchants. Businesses owned by Jews were forced into bankruptcy. The author recalled, with regret, that the churches in Germany were silent to the treatment of this segment of the population.

At the beginning of World War II, the Von Campe family led a relatively normal life: going to school, having vacations and spending time together as families do.

In 1943, Hilmar entered military service and explains his active duty which involved intense combat. As he points out, most of them hated the Nazis but still took orders from their superiors. With this in mind, Hilmar looks back and honestly recognizes that most Germans were guilty of the crime of silence.

By this time, the persecution of the Jews was at the height of its' most evil form. Hilmar points out that it was the indifference of the German citizens that allowed this mass execution of life, even though most of them would not know about the death camps until after the War.

"Defeating The Totalitarian Lie" dissects Nazi Germany and finds that Godlessness was directly responsible for the savagery and demise of a once great nation. Von Campe touches on a lot of details of the war, including the conspiratorial attempts to internally overtake the military as depicted in the movie, `Valkyrie.'

Von Campe also writes about the major players of Nazi Germany. From this standpoint, "Defeating The Totalitarian Lie" serves as a great historical piece, told firsthand by a Hitler youth turned German soldier.

Great suffering fell upon the author's family as the War came to an end. Von Campe describes the sad fate of his father at the hands of the Soviet military. Hilmar, too, became a prisoner and describes his heroic escape.

What makes this book so unique is the fact that Hilmar Von Campe draws parallels to the current condition of the United States. It is his eyewitness `testimony' that gives the reader a clear understanding that the West is closer to the edge of totalitarianism than many would otherwise believe.

He sounds an alarm on the mass executions that occur today in the United States. These staggering 50 million plus abortions have happened on a large scale to the indifference of the `average' American.

As the author correctly points out, the ACLU is an organization that has done tremendous harm to freedom ( the rights of the unborn, religious expression, etc). He is amazed (as we all should be) that this socialist, anti-American group is able to fund itself with taxpayer money.

Again, Hilmar shows the growing Godlessness in the United States by pointing out the court system and their refusal to use Constitutional and Judeo-Christian law to guide their decisions.

How far are we to becoming the next Nazi Germany? Not very far if we are to believe Hilmar Von Campe's compelling evidence. With each disturbing news event and political agenda that Mr. Von Campe exposes, we see a clearer picture of an agenda that appears to be making serious inroads in the destruction of American sovereignty.

This book is well worth your time and will wake you up to the tragic events that are alarming those who have the point of view to see that history, unfortunately, does repeat itself.

Bruce Collins
Raiders News Network Book Reviewer


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