47 Days: The True Story of Two Teen Boys Defying Hitler’s Reich

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ISBN: 978-0-9977800-6-2
Price: $5.38 eBook $0.99
Paperback Page Count: 72
Publication Date: March 1, 2017

WWII Action/Adventure – Survival

A True Story

young boy In March 1945 Hitler ordered his last propaganda command: send all 15 and 16-year old boys to defend the fatherland. 47 DAYS tells the true story of Günter and Helmut, best friends, who dared to defy and disobey. Without knowing how long the war might continue, they spent 47 harrowing days as fugitives on the run. Being caught meant certain execution.

Based on my father’s experience as a youth in World War II, the story takes us into the last months of the war. The Reich is crumbling, but Hitler frantically throws the last warm bodies into battle: old men, the injured and feeble, and all 15- and 16-year old boys. With the Allies and Russians spreading across German soil, it is a wasted effort. Hitler well knows it is too late and that the war is lost. But in his insane mind he justifies discarding the youth of the country. If Germany can’t win, they can all go to hell.

young man in uniform

47 DAYS is a novelette, an excerpt from the novel, SURVIVING THE FATHERLAND – A True Coming-of-age Love Story Set in WWII Germany. Set against the epic panorama of WWII, it is a sweeping saga of family, love, and betrayal and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the children’s war.

Explores themes of war, obedience versus defiance, boys and war, survival and hope

Perfect for 

  • Schools and Teachers
  • Reluctant Readers
  • Fans of Historical Fiction
  • Fans of War and Survival Stories
  • Boys and War
  • Fans of WWII History
  • Students