The Boys Who Challenged Hitler Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club❰Read❯ ➵ The Boys Who Challenged Hitler Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club Author Phillip Hoose – At 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 t At the outset Who Challenged PDF/EPUB ¼ 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 The Boys PDF/EPUB ² 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 Boys Who Challenged eBook ´ heroesThis thoroughly researched and documented book can be worked into multiple aspects of the common core curriculum. The Churchill ClubThey were young and brave enough to piss off the Nazis They were a group of Danish teens — young warriors that History recalls as the Churchill ClubWhat an inspiration for the young generation 😍🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟😍 E ARC from NetgalleycomIn 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 uite an arsenal When the Danish people saw that not everyone was acuiescing 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 interviews with Knudsen as well as Knudsen's amazing archive of photographs and research this well researched book tells a riveting tale of people who stood up for what they believed even though they were very young I have always been interested in the various resistance groups especially since most of them utilized my primary source of transportation the bicycle Since we have been reuiring students to read nonfiction this is a title I will order eagerly This was a great length had amazing primary source information and was extremely interesting I am so glad that Hoose followed up on a forgotten e mail with Pedersen because this was a fantastic book 425 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 young adult book about the conflict in Scandinavia and specifically Denmark It was amazing to hear the bravery that these Danes showed under German occupation but it is even impressive considering their young age 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 uickly 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 skillfully investing us in the saga of internationally beloved rufa specimen B95 who had already lived several times longer than most rufa birds and was likely still alive and well in the world The facts are plentiful and accurate but Mr Hoose goes beyond textbook talk to the heart of the story the struggle of an endangered species to continue existing on an earth that isn't always friendly to strange birds the miracle of biodiversity and the silent tragedy when a creature goes extinct with no possibility of ever gracing our world again It's a lovely book that demonstrates Phillip Hoose's mastery of juvenile nonfiction Three years later we had The Boys Who Challenged Hitler Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club Phillip Hoose turns our attention to the fight for freedom in 1940s Europe as Hitler's dark army swept through Scandinavia and established strongholds in nations too small or pacifist to defend themselves Norway took up arms against the conuering tide and Sweden managed to bargain a neutrality that Germany grudgingly accepted but Denmark capitulated to the occupation offering no resistance to Hitler's coup What happens when a proud land is overrun by an aggressive foreign entity and the government goes along to get along? How much abridgment of freedom will we agree to before it's too much? We learn in The Boys Who Challenged Hitler that if the adult generation won't stand up to a bully the kids willeven if it costs their own freedom Knud Pedersen was in eighth grade when Hitler's soldiers entered Denmark and declared it a protectorate of Germany Cooperate with their overlords and the Danes were promised prominence in Hitler's new world order Resist and Denmark would be wiped off the map one stubborn citizen at a time Knud Pedersen watched in disbelief as Denmark's leaders cheerfully handed power over to Hitler allowing thousands of German troops to settle in and seize control In nearby Norway which was also under siege the populace refused to be mollified greeting the German invaders with stout resistance every step of the way The Danes on the other hand seemed content—if slightly miffed—by Hitler's hostile takeover If his elders weren't going to react from a place of national pride like the Norwegians maybe Knud would have to do something himself After Knud discussed the matter with his older brother Jens and a group of peers in their hometown of Odense the young teens founded the Royal Air Force RAF Club named for the courageous British pilots who thwarted Hitler's invasion of Great Britain Knud's club was devoted to sabotaging the property of German soldiers in and around Odense The mischief started out small switching the direction of wooden signs meant to point incoming Nazi soldiers to their barracks but escalated as Knud's resentment and temerity grew The RAF Club was an intrepid gang of kids from tall lanky Knud Pedersen to the much shorter Knud Hedelund affectionately called Little Knud Biking all over Odense to vandalize Nazi property usually in the middle of the day when valuable euipment was left unguarded the RAF Club would strike and then skedaddle before they could be caught They soon captured the ire of German commanders who issued rich rewards for their apprehension Before detectives could close in on the rebel teens Knud Pedersen's minister father was reassigned to lead a new church in Aalborg Denmark headuartered in a huge drafty building that formerly served as a monastery Knud's family would have to move The RAF Club's work in Odense would proceed without the Pedersen brothers but the two of them weren't finished flaunting Hitler Aalborg was much larger than Odense and held strategic importance for the Nazis The Aalborg airport provided a shipping route for weapons materials a boon for Germany's war effort worldwide As a result Aalborg was crawling with Nazi military who wouldn't regard sabotage casually but Knud and Jens weren't about to follow the example of their servile Danish leaders and give up at the first sign of trouble Many teens in Aalborg were as livid as the RAF Club members in Odense and when Knud revealed to them the sabotage he had helped facilitate his new friends wanted in They dubbed themselves the Churchill Club in honor of British prime minister Winston Churchill whose vigorous pushback in defiance of the Führer's daily bombing blitz inspired freedom fighters around the globe Knud Jens and the rest of the Churchill Clubbers—including Mogens the Professor Fjellerup who in ninth grade was already an innovative chemist with a lot to offer the club's weapons department and Børge Ollendorff a year younger than the others but a fearless heart who reminded Knud of his old friend in the RAF Club Little Knud—began methodically striking Nazi properties in Aalborg defying German or Danish constabulary to catch them Minor vandalism progressed to stealing weaponry and torching classified papers and again the attention of those in command swung toward Knud's boys This time the sabotage took place in Aalborg however and the Nazis were prepared to invest serious resources in bringing down the perpetrators As the Churchill Club shifted focus toward accumulating German weapons to distribute to the Allies if they broke through to liberate Denmark investigators picked up on telltale patterns of the Churchill Club subversives With the police drawing near some Churchill Clubbers grew nervous unsure about continuing their activities Eigil Astrup Frederiksen was foremost among the dissenters His mother was Jewish and if Eigil were implicated in the sabotage his family might be deported to a concentration camp The conseuences for their civil disobedience were becoming dire yet Knud and most of his friends remained unwilling to suspend the Churchill Club's itinerary Denmark was no closer to regaining independence than ever In Knud's opinion they were still cowards compared to Norway and he was ready to sacrifice his personal freedom to fight for his country The Churchill Club wasn't reckless but even soberly considered plans aren't foolproof and Knud's operation was foiled for good when a waitress recognized him from his forays into her restaurant to riffle through the coats of German soldiers and swipe their sidearms With Knud in custody the rest of the Churchill Club was soon ferreted out and their cache of stolen weapons confiscated The club's reign was at an end and horrific times were shortly to be the members' recompense Try as the Danish government might to frame the teens' actions as youthful ignorance the presence of German overseers in the courtroom meant the judge couldn't be lenient The boys were all sentenced to federal prison except Børge Ollendorff who was too young Børge was remanded to a youth correctional facility to serve his relatively light sentence while Knud and Jens were hit hardest three years each The only ones punished severely were three older peripheral Churchill Club associates who each received a minimum of four and a half years behind bars Knud and his friends were able to get away with some things at the Aalborg jail including sawing out a bar over the window to their cell so they could slip in and out at night but once they were transferred to Nyborg State Prison any fantasy that their sentences would be anything but interminable suffering was suashed They had done what they knew was right but the Churchill Clubbers had reason to doubt there was any good left for them in life Yet were they truly less free than the citizens of Aalborg and Odense oppressed by Naziism in their own country ruled by a man who was having millions of innocents exterminated for perceived shortcomings of ethnicity religion and lifestyle? The Danes lived under a delusion of freedom that Knud and his friends never believed so further restriction of their personal liberty didn't convince them they had erred At least they'd fought for their homeland rather than relinuishing control to Hitler as if they didn't care But prison was far worse than they imagined Seuestered by themselves in Nyborg's youth wing but rarely allowed to see one another the convicted Clubbers were systematically stripped of humanity by the guards Agonizing boredom and psychological torment vied for preeminence in their heads and the prisoners coped in a variety of ways Eigil teetered on the verge of despair a state exacerbated by not being allowed to share the burden with his fellow convicted patriots I missed my matesThe loneliness was very great In my thoughts I convinced myself that I had done the right thing by taking part in the fight against the Germans But in the many lonely hours came the doubt anyway often very insidious There was no one to talk to besides myself The light in the cell was turned off at 9 pm Many times I lay in my bed and struggled with the temptation to give up to take a razor blade and slit my wrists to stop the beating of my heart It would not be discovered until 4 am I told myself The grief and hopelessness of those words reverberates down through the years a glimpse of the bleak void that yawned before the Churchill Club teens in every direction That a kid would be subjected to such torture for defending his nation's honor is deeply disturbing but the Clubbers endured it mostly without visible support from their fellow Danes who had done nothing to show Hitler they would not be trampled Unlike Eigil and some of the others Knud's anger raged hotter than ever against the Nazis He disobeyed his jailors every chance he had hardly caring about his precious few privileges they gleefully revoked in an attempt to keep him in check He hated the Germans and would not cooperate with them to the end Release came for every Churchill Club teen eventually but they struggled to fit back into a society still under Nazi dominion Denmark remained under the Führer's lead thumb and Knud was no tolerant of this than before his incarceration While the Churchill Club stayed disbanded Knud searched for ways to join the resistance but found that rebels were hesitant to collaborate with a high profile anti Nazi personality Knud did ultimately find his niche helping stash and transfer weapons from one secret location to another and though there were close calls that jeopardized his freedom he was never arrested On May 4 1945 Knud Pedersen's readiness to sacrifice himself and everything he had for his homeland was validated by the news that Germany had surrendered to the Allies The Nazi juggernaut that seemed invincible a couple years earlier had been demolished and liberated Danes flooded the streets in emotional celebration Just reading about it in this book brings tears to one's eyes the fulfillment of years of hoping for a better fate for their homeland than being absorbed forever by Hitler's war machine the permanent loss of a national history rich in artistic genius and world class storytelling It took a long time but Danish patriotism had come alive even before Germany surrendered and the bold actions of the Churchill Club were a big part of what inspired them If a gaggle of teens could stand up to Hitler why couldn't all of Denmark? It was no coincidence that acts of sabotage had been on the rise many times over while Knud and the boys languished at Nyborg State Prison When the opportunity to meet Winston Churchill was offered Knud and his cohorts after the war Knud's identity as an insurrectionist—which had once led law abiding Danes to look at him askance—became his greatest source of pride he was Knud Pedersen Member of the Churchill Club and that could never change A boy who loved his country and refused to watch it die grew into a hero for all time It's hard to pinpoint what I love most about Phillip Hoose's nonfiction It feels like fiction in some ways with a compelling variety of likable and despicable characters who come to life on the page as if Mr Hoose were a brilliant novelist with a flair for creating memorable characters But they're all real people and the effective characterization derives from the author's talent for framing the narrative using his own superb writing and vibrant uotes from his subjects uotes that push the story forward with emotional power and immediacy I love Little Knud Hedelund and Børge Ollendorff was fascinated by the scientific genius of Mogens Fjellerup and empathized with the suffocating sadness of Eigil Astrup Frederiksen in prison The disappearance of hope is a terrible thing and every member of the Churchill upstarts had to wade through that mire They bore scars from the years long confinement and at least one later committed suicide to escape his demons But Knud Pedersen is the hero focused on in The Boys Who Challenged Hitler as he was Phillip Hoose's primary interview source and the image we get of him is indelible At the time he first met with the author in 2012 he ran Denmark's Kunstbiblioteket the first lending library for paintings ever created Art was Knud's lifelong passion and his reason for founding the library says a lot about him Art is like bread an essential ingredient for nourishing the soul Whether it's painting literature or any number of other outlets art is how we make sense of our lives how we express who we are so others can appreciate it Even in prison Knud created art and years later became a noteworthy artist of his era Knud was an extraordinary person who hung on into his late eighties so he could finish relating his story to Phillip Hoose an author capable of doing justice to Knud's life and introducing the world to this hero who would not bow meekly to foot soldiers of ignorance when all around him adults lacked even a uarter of Knud's spirit and courage It often takes a kid to set foot where adults fear to tread In 2014 his health in decline with The Boys Who Challenged Hitler finally complete Knud scoffed at the idea of his own physical infirmity The doctors say that I am fragile he wrote in one of the last of thousands of emails exchanged with Phillip Hoose But how fragile can one be who in eighty nine years has lived in this most cruel century anybody could dream of? Knud lived at exactly the time when a hero like him was needed He never shied from his difficult role in history and because he didn't the Churchill Club remains a shining example to those who need encouragement when confronted with oppression May we like Knud have the audacity to act on our convictions Nonfiction is rarely rewarded by the Newbery committee but The Boys Who Challenged Hitler is at least as deserving as most Newbery Honor nonfiction and I would have delighted in seeing it claim a 2016 Newbery Phillip Hoose delivers again with a book that faithfully depicts a turbulent era in history while not neglecting the heart and soul of the story what makes it relevant to readers today or in any age That's the reason The Boys Who Challenged Hitler is great literature and why I would strongly consider rating it three and a half stars I'll think often of the lessons I learned from this story and I'll never forget Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club 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 that their country was not willing to fight Hitler so they took matters into their own hands and staged their own sabotage missions Relying on 24 hours' worth of face to face interviews with Knud Pedersen as well as than 1000 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 euipment 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 naïve they were fully aware of the conseuences of their actions If no one else was going to act to restore the reputation of their country then they would and they did keeping their small resistance movement a secret from their parents When they are later arrested tried and imprisoned they continue to try to keep up their spirits and upon being released from prison it's clear that the climate of the country has changed There is little support in the country for the Germans and resistance groups abound inspired in no little way by the Churchill Club Much of the story is told in the words of its protagonist but the author also intersperses his own thoughts and observations without detracting from the narrative as a whole The details of the teen resistance group's actions as well as the inclusion of differences of opinion among group members and Knud's unreuited crush on a neighbor girl as well as the reactions of classmates and teachers upon learning of the boys' arrest all add to the story's authenticity and appeal for its particular audience For those seeking inspiration or examples of how one marginalized group stood up for their country and their beliefs and took action this book serves as a ready example of courage and heroism The inclusion of archival photos of the boys looking so very young and innocent and the description of the lives they went on to lead offer food for thought Fans of the books of Phillip M Hoose will not be disappointed with this one which needs to be reuired reading in several middle grade and high school history classes 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 uickly formed a new resistance group the Churchill Club This group was organized and divided themselves into four departments passive propaganda technical and sabotage The acts of resistance were much intense including arson weapons theft and railyard explosions Ultimately the group was caught and all of the boys spent time in jail and then prison The group continued their resistance behind bars however always thinking about methods of escape and never giving up The most exhilarating news that they received while in prison was that their fellow Danes had been inspired by the group’s actions and were beginning to fight back and resist the Germans all across the great nation of DenmarkWho wouldn’t be inspired by this story of a group of boys who exhibited courage than the rest of their country? The author weaves first hand accounts news articles photographs and letters into the narrative giving readers a full picture of the events that took place in a way that makes them forget they are reading nonfiction Highly recommended for gr 7 12 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 clubThis 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 prisonThe story reads like a narrative from Knud's point of view Text boxes containing facts maps primary photos and Knud's sketches add to the depth and richness of the story I read this on the Kindle and I would have probably preferred the book The separation of text features is limited in space on the Kindle as it only shows one page at a time I got the idea and saw the separation by a bold black line but I had to enlarge the photos to see some details and the maps were unreadable unless enlarged You might want to consider what format you want to use when reading this book A fascinating look at children making a difference in the world 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 Hitler or shoot down soldiers but they did what they could and their efforts inspired other resistance s around Denmark the book isn't on goodreads for some reason only the audio cd 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 uotes from Knud Pedersen one of the Churchill Club leaders It’s a pretty uick read I highly recommend reading The Boys Who Challenged Hitler to anyone teenager and up who is interested in World War II