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The Wave by Todd Strasser

Updated: Jul 1, 2019

Dell, 1981


Reacting to the incredulity of his high school students that the holocaust could have happened under the apathetic eyes of a nation, a high school teacher decides to show his history class what it was like to be under Nazi rule, and how easily people conform in order to be part of a group. The experiment works much better than he expects, unfortunately. Most of the students are only too happy to follow their "leader" blindly, and some unexpected and terrifying behavior occurs as a result.


Based on a true story, this short book is appropriate for middle school and high school students, but interesting for adults as well.

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