Review: THE WAVE by Todd Strasser

Todd Strasser’s The Wave is another book I read for the WWII reading challenge.  While the book mentions Hitler and the concentration camps in the context of a high school class, it’s more about how dangerous it is to think that the events of WWII could never happen again.

Here’s an excerpt from my review at Diary of an Eccentric; click the link to read my complete thoughts:

It’s hard to believe The Wave is based on a true story. It’s not clear how much of the book is fact, but I don’t think it matters. But it’s important to understand that not everyone who supported Hitler was as crazy as he was. I’m not talking about the high-ranking SS officers (Himmler, Goering, Goebbels–I believe they and the others in Hitler’s inner circle were just as disturbed as he was). I’m talking about the average citizen. Some of them were swept up in the excitement of the parades and rallies and Hitler’s animated speeches about improving Germany’s post-World War I economy. Others were too afraid to publicly oppose the Nazis. My maternal grandmother, for instance, lived in Germany during the war, and she told me many years ago before she died that they had to listen to Hitler’s speeches on the radio. If they didn’t listen to him, or they criticized what he said, someone could report them to the Gestapo. I’m not making excuses for these people, but The Wave shows, albeit on a much smaller scale, how easy it is for such movements to get out of hand, how easy it is for people to be manipulated.

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