The Boys Who Challenged Hitler

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler

Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club

Book - 2015
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"The true story of a group of boy resistance fighters in Denmark after the Nazi invasion"--
"At the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of his nation's leaders, fifteen-year-old Knud Pedersen resolved with his brother and a handful of schoolmates to take action against the Nazis if the adults would not. Naming their secret club after the fiery British leader, the young patriots in the Churchill Club committed countless acts of sabotage, infuriating the Germans, who eventually had the boys tracked down and arrested. But their efforts were not in vain: the boys' exploits and eventual imprisonment helped spark a full-blown Danish resistance. Interweaving his own narrative with the recollections of Knud himself, here is Phil Hoose's inspiring story of these young war heroes"--
Publisher: New York :, Farrar Straus Giroux,, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374300227
0374300224
Branch Call Number: YA 940.53489 Hoose
Characteristics: viii, 198 pages :,illustrations, maps ;,24 cm

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jcdsouza
Jun 05, 2020

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blue_bat_3930
Jun 02, 2020

I am also ten years old. I think it is amazing that a group of teenagers, who saw no future in there country without resistance, decided to take action. I think this book does a good job of showing how even though the Churchill Club had weapons, whenever they thought of using them they became nervous, and regretful. They were in a situation where weapons may have been needed, bu they were kids and not trained to kill. I also liked how this book had parts from Knud Pedersen, and how there were litte sidre parts on Danish history in WW2. The epilogue was also great, talking about the Churchill Clubbers lives after there jailing and saboteur activities. Overall, this was a fantastic book about the resisting youth of the Churchill club. I would give this a five out of five star review, but to decide for yourself, you should read it.

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Kjej
Jul 10, 2019

I am 10 years old. I found this book very interesting, it tells you an detailed history of the second world war and how these teens risked the lives to fight against hitler and the nazis.
so interesting I lent to my grandfather who was a danish child in the time of danish occupation.

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Moominmama67
May 21, 2019

Not just for young readers. A compelling, timely story of morally clear young people taking action against violent oppressors.

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mmllhh
Mar 03, 2017

Amateur Davids who lose against professional Goliaths indeed.

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mammothhawk229e
Feb 11, 2017

Amateur Davids lost to professional Goliaths & sent to prison.
However, the Churchill club influenced the Danes & heartened the Allies.

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moriquendi10
Aug 26, 2016

I had never heard this story before. A true story about a small group of boys who were ashamed of Denmark's capitulation to the Nazis. Their acts were little more than vandalism is some cases but they went to jail for it and they were the pebbles that started the avalanche of Danish Resistance to the occupation.

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blue_bat_3930
Jun 02, 2020

blue_bat_3930 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 10

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