Voices of History audio files provide educators and students of history with primary source materials to supplement traditional historical documents and textbooks. These narratives feature the voices of actual witnesses to significant periods in United States history and how those events affected their lives. These audio files bring a human context to the interpretation of historical events.
In this audio file, a former citizen of Nazi Germany recalls his life as a teenager growing up in a totalitarian society. His narrative covers his life before the rise to power of Hitler and the political and social changes during the Nazi period. He remembers his required participation in the Nazi Youth and his experiences on the Eastern Front as a 16 year old in the German army.