The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill ClubAt 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 Phillip Hoose S Inspiring Story Of These Young War Heroes.This Thoroughly Researched And Documented Book Can Be Worked Into Multiple Aspects Of The Common Core Curriculum. E ARC from Netgalley.comIn this wonderful piece of narrative nonfiction, Hoose brings us the experience of Knud Pedersen in his own words As a Dane, the teenaged Pedersen was perturbed that his government had caved so easily to the Nazis demands, agreeing to cooperate with the Nazi soldiers in exchange for relative safety While Norway was fighting the Nazis, it took a while before opposition to the Nazis took hold in Denmark, and that opposition was started by a group of teenagers headed by Pedersen At first, the boys contented themselves with painting graffiti and doing small amounts of damage to Nazi property, but soon escalated to major acts of arson as well as stealing weapons and accumulating quite an arsenal When the Danish people saw that not everyone was acquiescing to Nazi demands, the Resistance was able to take off The Churchill Club, as the group called itself, continued to bedevil the Nazis, although the boys found it difficult to think about actually killing the soldiers Eventually, the group was found out and arrested, and spent a lot of time in various jails By this point, however, the Resistance was going full force Luckily for the boys, they were tried by Danish officials and, in part because of their age, were not sentenced to death Based on intensive
I can t say if it s mainly a keen eye for selecting stories that have powerful emotional potential, an ability to distill timeless wisdom from the basic facts of history, or his own transcendent talent for dynamically and sensitively recounting historical events so they feel relevant to young readers, but Phillip Hoose is one of the best nonfiction writers whose work I ve encountered When widespread recognition came his way in 2010 after being awarded a Newbery Honor for Claudette Colvin Twice Toward Justice, I was eager to read this author I d never heard of, and quickly discovered the hype was legitimate Claudette Colvin was informative, highly suspenseful, and deeply emotional, an exemplary representative of youth nonfiction We identify with Miss Colvin s plight and feel outraged at the systemic injustice facing her, as immersed in the experience as any good work of fiction Phillip Hoose was at it again with Moonbird A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 in 2012,
4.25 I am so glad I read this book So many books about World War II are focused on France or the Holocaust While those are extremely important topics, and should be be written about, there were many events in other areas of the world whose stories do not get told It was very interesting to read a yo
Very interesting book about Denmark during WWII I had no idea that Hitler basically told the leaders, in Denmark, to do as he asked or he would bomb them until they did This book is about a group of teenage boys who did not like t
Relying on 24 hours worth of face to face interviews with Knud Pedersen as well as than 1,000 emails and Pedersen s published writing, this nonfiction account of a group of Danish teens who dared to defy Adolph Hitler reads as smoothly as the most engaging novel When Knud Pedersen was in the eighth grade, the Germans began to occupy Denmark, and his life changed completely Suddenly, he became keenly aware of the difference in the reaction of the Norwegians and the Danes to the Germans, and he felt ashamed When it became clear that the adults in charge of the country would do nothing against the interlopers, Knud and some of his classmates began talking and acting After forming the Churchill Club, named after the British Prime Minister, they began their small resistance movement, stealing weapons, removing signs, sabotaging equipment, and generally, becoming thorns in the sides of the Germans All of these plots were carried out on foot or via their bicycles too, and the boys were sworn to secrecy Although some readers might argue that the eight boys in the Churchill Club and the others who helped them in various ways were na ve, they were fully aware of the consequences of their actions If no one else was going to act to restore the reputation of their country, then they would and they did, keepi
When Germany invaded Denmark in World War II, there was no resistance or fighting from the Danes Knud Pedersen was fourteen and disgusted that his country did nothing in wake of the takeover He and his brother met with other boys at their school and formed a resistance unit modeled after the Norwegian resistance and British Royal Air Force RAF They began fighting the Germans by switching up German signs confusing arriving soldiers with misdirections With their bikes as their weapons, they added cutting the German communication wires next and vandalizing vehicles Police offered a reward for the capture those responsible, but Knud and his brother moved to a different city starting a new club.This club was named, The Churchill Club, and the brothers along with eight boys targeted homes, offices, and stores of Nazi sympathizers vandalizing them They left a calling card in blue paint whenever they struck The club included about ten passive members that supported them with supplies and money, but who stayed out of the action Their actions became bolder committing arson and stealing weapons from German solders before getting caught and sent to prison.The story reads like
an amazing backstory or behind the scenes story so to speak about ww2 teenager Knud Pederson is a Danish living among the reign of the German, and he decides to take a stand for his country along with fellow classmates they start off by vandalizing German property and move onto stealing weapons one day they go too far and are caught and sentenced to 2 years in prison this story, to me, was a story of taking a stand, even if it s not a big one Knud and his club didn t directly threaten H
A group of teenage boys in Denmark created the Churchill Club Their purpose was to sabatoge the Nazis through grafitti, destroying things, and stealing weapons Most of the boys were eventually caught and sent to jail, but they inspired other Danes to create an underground network to undermine the Germans The boys were brave and a bit crazy like only teenagers can be The story is told with lots of quotes from Knud Pedersen, one of the Churchill Club leaders It s a pretty quick read I hi
YA This non fiction read is my faculty book club pick for this quarter Another piece of history I didn t know a thing about Frustrated that their country basically agreed to let the Germans occupy it, a group of teenage boys formed a group that began sabotaging
On April 9, 1940, German military forces invaded Denmark and informed the citizens that they had become a protectorate of Germany Middle school student Knud Pedersen was ashamed and embarrassed that his fellow Danish citizens did not resist German occupation, unlike the brave Norwegians who fought back After a few months of witnessing the Germans completely take over his city of Odense, Knud and his brother Jens decided to take action Together, with their cousin and two friends, they called themselves the RAF Club after the heroic British Royal Air Force, and committed minor acts of vandalism against the Germans Armed with their bicycles and not much else, the RAF Club started stealing signs, cutting telephone wires, and making enough of a nuisance of themselves that there was a substantial reward for their capture In the spring of 1941, the Pedersens moved to Aalborg in northern Denmark, where Knud and Jens quickly formed a new resistance group the Churchill Club This group was organized, and divided themselves into four departments passive, propaganda, technical, an