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Hilde Hoffman's Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow

Identifier: MS-2617

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Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow is the story of Medi, a Jewish girl living in Nazi Germany. The story begins with Medi's birth and continues until the death of Hitler. This collection gives today's historian a glimpse into the past as it relates life under Hitler's regime. The work was originally collected in two three-ring binders and is divided by part and chapter.


  • undated

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.


0.6 Linear Feet


Hilde Hoffman's Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow is the story of a young girl born and raised in Germany during Hitler's regime. Medi, the main character, was a Jew, and her story describes the hardships and fear of living in Nazi Germany. Medi's story gives today's historians a glimpse into the life of a German Jew at a time when being such meant harsh treatment and almost certain death.

Biographical/Historical Note

Hilde Hoffman, author of Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow, was born in Munich, Germany, in 1928. Her mother's side of the family was Jewish, and Hilde spent much of her time with them or close family friends. Although Hilde writes from a third person perspective, her life is that of Medi's in the story.


Collection consists of six folders.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to Special Collections by Hilde Hoffman in September 2005.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA