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Flowers in the Gutter: The True Story of the Edelweiss Pirates, Teenagers Who Resisted the Nazis Kindle Edition
Fritz, Gertrud, and Jean were classic outsiders: their clothes were different, their music was rebellious, and they weren’t afraid to fight. But they were also Germans living under Hitler, and any nonconformity could get them arrested or worse. As children in 1933, they saw their world change. Their earliest memories were of the Nazi rise to power and of their parents fighting Brownshirts in the streets, being sent to prison, or just disappearing.
As Hitler’s grip tightened, these three found themselves trapped in a nation whose government contradicted everything they believed in. And by the time they were teenagers, the Nazis expected them to be part of the war machine. Fritz, Gertrud, and Jean and hundreds like them said no. They grew bolder, painting anti-Nazi graffiti, distributing anti-war leaflets, and helping those persecuted by the Nazis. Their actions were always dangerous. The Gestapo pursued and arrested hundreds of Edelweiss Pirates. In World War II’s desperate final year, some Pirates joined in sabotage and armed resistance, risking the Third Reich’s ultimate punishment. This is their story.
★"[C]arefully and expertly researched. [...] Readers will enjoy learning about these resistance groups in this truly new and unique addition to the YA World War II literary canon. A must-read."—School Library Journal, starred review.
"The stories of these brave children need to be more well-known and further underscore just how much children and young adults have always led the way in political activism and resistance against evils. A deeply affecting book."—Teen Librarian Toolbox
"[A] beacon of inspiration to today’s youth."—Nerd Daily
"Supplemented by pictures and documents, Gaddy’s thorough research shines a light on a heroic group of Germans that often goes unmentioned."—Booklist
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
About the Author
- ASIN : B07QCL85ML
- Publisher : Dutton Books for Young Readers (January 7, 2020)
- Publication date : January 7, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 44796 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 320 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #325,873 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I pre-ordered this book after listening to a talk by the author. My impression was that most, maybe even all of us in the audience were hearing about this Nazi resistance for the first time and we were riveted by the story. Do yourself a favor and buy the book, read the book, and then recommend it!
If some of their parents had been activists or supporters of the Communist and Social Democratic opposition to the Nazis,, their stories are of young people who wanted freedom to hike with their friends, dress as they pleased, sing music they liked together, and cherish friendship and freedom, and went off to hike, to join each other in parks and sometimes taverns, and play guitars and sing, taking after the wandering vagabond clubs and practices of their parents generation. As the war comes on, police harassment, torture, imprisonment and being sent to the concentration camps become their fate, while the murder bombing by British and American military reduces Cologne and its suburbs to ruins, starvation, and danger.
This books is directly based on the memoirs of the young people who did lived this, cross checked against Nazi and police records of their persecution. While the author sometimes offers footnotes to suggest where memory contradicts the records, this book allows the voices of these young people to speak loud and clear. It is a good read that I couldnt put down reading late into the night, waking up early and eating breakfast late to finish it.
If this book interest you take a look at "Allied Terror Bombing in WWII"
https://www.amazon.com/ideas/amzn1.account.AGIVRIIZIBJUTO6NEBCCSTW3BUDA/IQEQCH6FKI4T?type=explore&ref=idea_cp_vl_ov_d a set of reviews about the terror bombing of Germany which is the backdrop of so much of this book
Ordinary in terms of not rich, not organized, but extraordinary in bravery and ingenuity, this is a true and leanly told tale of teens who resisted the Nazis. A wonderful book.