Jul 30, 2016

Review: We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman

Author: Russell Freedman
Publisher: Clarion Books
Number of Pages: 112

"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. "
This book was a great description of the White Rose Movement, a German group that spoke up against the Nazi regime, that revolved around the lives of the Scholls siblings. The book was a great history of life under the Nazi regime, and the mindset a lot of the youth were under during Hitler's rule.

I loved that this book wasn't long, so it was able to give a short, thorough description of the beginning of the White Rose Movement in Nazi Germany. The history of the Scholls began with their childhood when they actually supported the Nazi regime and Hitler, and how their ideals shifted away as they grew older, went to college, and saw the hate that was spread by the regime. The book only spans the lifetime of the Scholl siblings, but that was enough to portray how the White Rose Movement began and was able to expand.

Overall, I loved this book and the history was very interesting. Anyone who hasn't heard of the White Rose Movement should definitely read about the moving story of the Scholl siblings who began this historic group. 

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars!

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