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The boys who challenged Hitler : Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club

Review by Andrey Ruegsegger on April 4, 2016

Categories: Non-fiction

The group of schoolboys lurked in the darkness, gazing around a corner to the barracks guarded by a lone, drunken Nazi. In WWII, German occupied Denmark had grown tired of their Nazi leaders. No one, however, wanted to do anything about it. The Boys who Challenged Hitler, by Phillip Hoose, details the actions of Knud Pedersen, his brother, and his schoolmates in their acts of defiance against the Third Reich, and how they inspired the Danish people to rise up against their new leaders.

A semi-bibliography, The Boys who Challenged Hitler was published in early 2015, after several years of communication and research by the author to several members of the Danish resistance. A book filled with pictures, drawings by some of the schoolboy saboteurs, and references to more information and sources, this book is suitable for anyone looking for rich non-fiction or an interesting biography. Throughout the story, we are told, first hand, the acts of defiance put up by several Danish boys and girls, all of whom were members of the Churchill Club. The Club was founded by Knud and his close friends, all of whom were tired of the Nazi’s, and looked up to the Norwegians who were fighting against the Germans. Named after the Prime Minister the resistance admired, the Churchill Club went on to destroy many Nazi vehicles, buildings, and resources. From days in prison to adventures in the field, Knud recounts his and friends journey of rebellion against the Third Reich.

Although short, this biographical book contains many interesting stories and pieces of information. The Churchill Club sparked a mass revolution of thought in Denmark, and the group of schoolboys, no older than seniors in High School, gave a giant middle finger to their imposed leader. If a reader enjoys nonfiction, World War II, and stories of rebellion, The Boys who Challenged Hitler, by Phillip Hoose, is a definite must read.