The Boys Who Challenged Hitler

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler

Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club

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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374300227
0374300224
9780374302726
Branch Call Number: 943.086 Ho
Description: viii, 198 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Audience: Middle School
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The Boys Who Challenged Hitler

In The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club, Phillip Hoose tells a captivating true tale of rebellion and bravery. In my studies of history, I had never heard of the resistance movement against German soldiers led by Danish schoolboys. Until I read this book, that is.

In April 1940, Hitler’s Germany invaded Denmark in a single day. (more)


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When the leaders of Denmark chose to give in to Hitler instead of fighting, a group of teenagers took matters into their own hands.


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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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