Daniel Half Human : and the Good Nazi by David Chotjewitz
This book is a California Young Reader Medal nominee for 2008-2009. It is an interesting addition to what most of us call Holocaust Literature, the book tells the story from an unusual perspective, a teenager who never realized that he’s half Jewish until the Nazis were in full control of Germany. In fact, he tried to join the Hitler Youth, but his parents refused to sign the papers. When he finds out that his mother is Jewish, his universe turns upside down–suddenly he is the “half-human,” the outcast, the one who is kicked off the soccer team and whispered about behind his back.
The “good Nazi” in the title refers to Daniel’s best friend, Armin. He does join the Hitler Youth behind his father’s back, and eventually finds himself faced with the choice of being loyal to his friend, or following orders from his superiors. Read Daniel Half Human to learn the unexpected ending to this unusual story.