Thursday, June 16, 2016

We Will Not be Silent by Russell Freedman - ESSENTIAL

Freedman, Russell We Will NOT Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement that Defied Adolf Hitler, NON FICTION, 104 pgs. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016. $17.99. Language: G (1 swear, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (executions - not graphic).  

Hans Scholl and his sister were proud members of the Hitler Youth organizations. Until they went to a conference and discovered how militant and regimented they were.  No room for self expression, the members were ordered how to think and what to do, so by the time they were in college, Hans and some of his friends had organized a resistance program, distributing leaflets all over Munich and beyond.  They called their group the White Rose Society.  But this kind of resistance work is dangerous.  If they are caught they will surely be sentenced to death.  

Russell Freedman tells the best stories! Fully documented with photographs, an index, source notes and a bibliography, this short yet poignant accounting of the White Rose Society is well-written, accessible and age appropriate for the middle school reader, and includes just enough background and politics to make a great springboard for a high school student.  

MS, HS - ESSENTIAL  Lisa Librarian

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