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Courage & Defiance: Stories of Spies, Saboteurs, and Survivors in World…

by Deborah Hopkinson

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This book highlighted another part of history that I didn't learn anything about in school. My history classes in grade school largely focused on the US role in World War II and left out the contributions of the resistance in Axis-occupied countries (as did official post-war US military propaganda). This book looks at the role of individual saboteurs acting on their own to hinder the German occupation, home-grown networks of spies and secret underground newspaper rings, and Allied efforts to undermine the German with the help of the Danish people. It includes real stories of astonishing bravery, and suspense that rivals any spy novel. It also can be pretty heart-wrenching. Not all of the brave people profiled in the book make it out of the occupation alive.

This book may also have students asking how ordinary people wind up allowing leaders with evil policies into power, questioning the infallibility of government, and may also have them asking when it is right to resist the orders of those in charge, a perennially useful lesson if history isn't to continue repeating itself. It will surely make for interesting debate in the middle-school classroom. ( )
  motorbuffalo | Jun 23, 2017 |
This is not one, but several compelling personal stories about the Danish resistance in World War II. I learned a ton about World War II history, but what will stay with me is the amazing story of how the Danes rescued and saved 95% of its Jewish population. I was in awe of how many survived, including the Kieler family. The author's approach to creating "hooks" at the end of the chapter adds a sense of urgency and suspense that compel the reader to keep going.

Pros: This slim book is packed with powerful stories and personal reflections of Danes who operated as part of the Danish Resistance Movement in World War II.

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  TheReadingTub | Mar 17, 2016 |
RGG: Very detailed recounting of Denmark's WWII resistance movement. Part II is specifically about the escape of Denmark's Jewish citizens. Interesting for those wanting to know a lot more about all this. Reading Interest: 12-YA.
  rgruberexcel | Nov 4, 2015 |
RGG: Very detailed recounting of Denmark's WWII resistance movement. Part II is specifically about the escape of Denmark's Jewish citizens. Interesting for those wanting to know a lot more about all this. Reading Interest: 12-YA.
  rgruberexcel | Nov 4, 2015 |
RGG: Very detailed recounting of Denmark's WWII resistance movement. Part II is specifically about the escape of Denmark's Jewish citizens. Interesting for those wanting to know a lot more about all this. Reading Interest: 12-YA.
  rgruberexcel | Nov 4, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0545592208, Hardcover)

Critically acclaimed Sibert Honor author Deborah Hopkinson brings to bold life the remarkable story of the Danish resistance and rescue of over 7,000 Jews during WWII.

When the Nazis invaded Denmark on Tuesday, April 9, 1940, the people of this tiny country to the north of Germany awoke to a devastating surprise. The government of Denmark surrendered quietly, and the Danes were ordered to go about their daily lives as if nothing had changed. But everything had changed.

Award-winning author Deborah Hopkinson traces the stories of the heroic young men and women who would not stand by as their country was occupied by a dangerous enemy. Rather, they fought back. Some were spies, passing tactical information to the British; some were saboteurs, who aimed to hamper and impede Nazi operations in Denmark; and 95% of the Jewish population of Denmark were survivors, rescued by their fellow countrymen, who had the courage and conscience that drove them to act.

With her talent for digging deep in her research and weaving real voices into her narratives, Hopkinson reveals the thrilling truth behind one of WWII's most daring resistance movements.

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"Critically acclaimed Sibert Honor author Deborah Hopkinson brings to bold life the remarkable story of the Danish resistance and rescue of over 7,000 Jews during WWII. When the Nazis invaded Denmark on Tuesday, April 9, 1940, the people of this tiny country to the north of Germany awoke to a devastating surprise. The government of Denmark surrendered quietly, and the Danes were ordered to go about their daily lives as if nothing had changed. But everything had changed. Award-winning author Deborah Hopkinson traces the stories of the heroic young men and women who would not stand by as their country was occupied by a dangerous enemy. Rather, they fought back. Some were spies, passing tactical information to the British; some were saboteurs, who aimed to hamper and impede Nazi operations in Denmark; and 95% of the Jewish population of Denmark were survivors, rescued by their fellow countrymen, who had the courage and conscience that drove them to act. With her talent for digging deep in her research and weaving real voices into her narratives, Hopkinson reveals the thrilling truth behind one of WWII's most daring resistance movements"--… (more)

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