I really had a hard time getting into this book. The third person perspective made it very difficult for the story to feel personalized. I thought it was a bit odd too, since it was supposed to be Helmuth remembering his past. However, the story itself is so powerful and Helmuth's courage so inspiring that I still found myself crying at the end. It has encouraged me to seek out some non-fiction about this amazing young man. My local librarian recommended this book for further study, written by one of Helmuth's friends. I am definitely checking it out.
Maybe one or two.
Some beatings and other frightening things happen, but are not overdone.
Overall rating: **