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

by Phillip M. Hoose

Published by Farrar Straus Giroux, 2015
198 pages
ISBN: 978𢠥74300227

Age 12 and older

When Germany invaded Denmark in April, 1940, the Danish government signed an agreement not to fight back. This capitulation did not sit well with many ordinary Danes. Knud Pedersen was a school boy, but he and his brother and some friends began acts of resistance梥mall scale annoyances and mayhem. When the Pedersens moved, the brothers formed the Churchill Club, and their activity began to escalate. From the time they stole their first gun, the boys began thinking about what they were doing in moral terms: Could they shoot a German? Under what circumstances? Meanwhile, they focused on the sabotage of train cars and vehicles. Caught, they were eventually sent to prison, but their trial sparked greater resistance efforts across the nation. By the time Knud got out of prison, his family had become an important part of the growing Danish resistance. Phillip Hoose interviewed Knud Pedersen extensively as part of this riveting account, which goes back and forth between Knud抯 reminiscences and Hoose抯 narrative. The boys youth, and at times immaturity, is conveyed along with their commitment and passion for their cause.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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