Refusing to Crumble: The Danish Resistance in World War II

Refusing to Crumble: The Danish Resistance in World War II

by Michael Burgan
     
 

In April 1940, German forces invaded Denmark under the false pretenses of preserving Danish neutrality during World War II and protecting them from possible Allied attacks. Knowing they lacked the military power to resist, the Danes gave in. While there was little direct change in daily life, most Danes had a sense that freedom was lost. When a new Danish

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In April 1940, German forces invaded Denmark under the false pretenses of preserving Danish neutrality during World War II and protecting them from possible Allied attacks. Knowing they lacked the military power to resist, the Danes gave in. While there was little direct change in daily life, most Danes had a sense that freedom was lost. When a new Danish government began more active cooperation with the Nazis, many Danes had already begun a resistance movement aimed at sabotaging the German war effort. They worked to save Jews from the German death camps and free their country from the Nazi invaders.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Sara Cofer
The Taking a Stand series highlights the key historic events and people who fought adversity while standing up for their beliefs. Each book portrays the hardships faced, as well as the victories won, through centuries of resisting governments, reforming belief systems, and reshaping history. The German invasion of Denmark during World War II is examined in Refusing to Crumble. The Danes hated their loss of freedom and looked for ways to sabotage and resist the Nazis. Burgan explores both small underground resistance effortslike Arne Sejr, a seventeenyearold boy who wrote "The Commandments for Danes," which listed actions Danes should take to resist the Nazisas well as largescale efforts, like the Danish Special Operations Executives who were trained by Great Britain to operate radios, parachute, make bombs, and shoot guns. Unwilling to give up, the Danes engaged in various acts of resistance, including printing an underground paper titled "Free Denmark," stealing German guns by the Churchill club, and saving the Jews. Other titles in the Taking a Stand series include Striking Back: The Fight to End Child Labor Exploitation, Freedom Fighter: William Wallace and Scotland's Battle for Independence, and United in Cause: The Sons of Liberty. Dozens of historic events and people are covered in each book, but it is not an indepth look at any one topic since detail typically ranges from a few sentences to a few short paragraphs. Readers will come away with a broad knowledge of the topics, and the series serves as a good jumpingoff point for more research. Reading like fiction, the text incorporates quotes, pictures, and stories from real events that hold the reader's attention. Aimed at students in fifth through eighth grade, each book has an identical layout containing lots of extras, including a timeline, glossary, photos, and maps that bring history to life. A bibliography and list of additional resources are included, as well as a referral to www.Facthound.com, where readers can put in the book's ISBN and retrieve a list of related and authoritative websites. Reviewer: Sara Cofer

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756542986
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Series:
Helpers in Our Community Series
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
1,184,719
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
970L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Burgan has written numerous books for children and young adults during his nearly 20 years as a freelance writer. Many of his books have focused on U.S. history, geography, and the lives of world leaders. He has also written fiction and adapted classic novels. Michael has won several awards for his writing, and his graphic novel version of the classic tale Frankenstein (Stone Arch Books) was a Junior Library Guild selection. Michael has also worked as an editor at Weekly Reader, the classroom news magazine used in schools across the United States.
Michael graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in history. When not writing for kids, he enjoys writing plays, and his works have been staged across the United States. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his cat, Callie.

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