We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler- A Review

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We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler

  • Written By Russell Freedman
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (May 3, 2016)
  • Hardcover
  • Middle-Grade/YA Nonfiction

If I could give this book five zillion stars, I would. The Scholl family was of Austrian descent and at the start of Hitler’s reign, the family did all that good German families were expected to do in spite of being suspicious of the Nazis. The children were involved in the Hitler’s youth program and begrudgingly complied with all of the new regulations. Without giving too much away, the Scholl family siblings resisted Hitler’s rule in the White Rose student movement. The fact these incredibly brave people were so young both impressed me and broke my heart.

If you have access to Amazon Prime there is a movie of the story called Sophie Scholl: The Final Days that I would watch after reading this book.

Homeschool note- This folds perfectly into the 4th year of the history cycle (Logic or Rhetoric) or for my Waldorf friends use it a unit on repression and resistance in the revolution year of study. It’s also timely to have a discussion of our freedom of the press and how that is a right that we should never take lightly.