Newbery medalist and nonfiction master Russell Freedman recounts the true story of the White Rose, a group of students in Nazi Germany who were active undercover agents of the resistance movement against Hitler and his regime. The narrative focuses on Hans and Sophie Scholl: their early adherence to Hitler Youth, their growing willingness to question, their leaflet campaign to encourage German youth to resist, and their eventual execution.
In his signature eloquent prose, backed up by thorough research, Russell Freedman tells the story of Austrian-born Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie. They belonged to Hitler Youth as young children, but began to doubt the Nazi regime. As older students, the Scholls and a few friends formed the White Rose, a campaign of active resistance to Hitler and the Nazis. Risking imprisonment or even execution, the White Rose members distributed leaflets urging Germans to defy the Nazi government. Their belief that freedom was worth dying for will inspire young readers to stand up for what they believe in. Archival photographs and prints, source notes, bibliography, index.
Robert F. Sibert Honor Award winner
2016 Kirkus Prize Finalist
Chicago Public Library Best of 2016
Kirkus Best of 2016
Raleigh News & Observer Best of 2016
Nonfiction Detectives: Best of 2016
* "A highly readable and well-documented overview of a fascinating aspect of World War II."
—School Library Journal, STARRED review
* "Among the wealth of good Holocaust literature available, Freedman's volume stands out for its focus and concision, effectively placing the White Rose in its historical context, telling the story of Nazi Germany without losing the focus on the White Rose, and doing so in just over 100 pages."
—Kirkus, STARRED review
* "Thoroughly researched, with numerous archival photos, this well-told story of the White Rose opposition unfolds chronologically and with building suspense."
—Publishers Weekly, STARRED review
"As always, Freedman not only writes with clarity and pace but augments his text with primary-source quotes and photographs that add power and immediacy."
—Horn Book Magazine
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