Courage and defiance book summary

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courage and defiance book summary

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Review of Courage & Defiance: Stories of Spies, Saboteurs, and Survivors in World War II Denmark

Thank you! Patriotic men and women fight against German occupiers in this absorbing chronicle of the World War II resistance movement in Denmark. When Denmark was invaded in April , the Danish government surrendered almost immediately. Sneum escaped to Great Britain and worked on espionage and sabotage operations in occupied Denmark. His is one of several stories Hopkinson tells. Two others are those of saboteur Niels Skov and the members of Holger Danske 2, a group involved in extensive sabotage activities. Passing mention is given to the Churchill Club, a small but remarkably effective student resistance group, now the subject of a full-length book, The Boys Who Challenged Hitler , by Phillip Hoose

Scholastic, [p] illus. Following the exploits of three young men who believed their leaders capitulated too easily to Nazi occupation, Hopkinson observes the various paths of each that led to resistance work, and the network of committed collaborators and everyday citizens who supported their efforts. Tommy Sneum, an ex-military pilot who happened upon a German early warning system that sighted RAF fliers, was willing to work with the British government but was caught up in inter-agency communications problems that put him in peril from the Allies themselves. Hopkinson draws much of her source material from first-person accounts, many of which carry the polished tone of formal interviews conducted shortly after the war. There is no real question, though, of the daring and bravery of the featured surviving heroes and their colleagues as they embraced, with varying degrees of enthusiasm and reluctance, to carry out personal acts of war of which they could hardly believe themselves capable. Black and white photographs are included, as well as source notes, bibliography, timeline, list of persons highlighted in the text, notes on Danish language, a map unfortunately buried within the back matter , and an index.

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Well now, the ocean consists of drops. Readers are immediately drawn in with riveting action from the Danish spies and saboteurs—ordinary men and women who, instead of meekly surrendering their freedom and watching their fellow countrymen in danger, chose to covertly help the official resistance organizations by destroying German machinery and weaponry, disrupting their supply lines and secretly transporting the Jewish population to nearby neutral Sweden. At a great risk to their own lives—and in fact many of the Danes featured were eventually sent to concentration camps—these men and women were brave, admirable heroes of WWII and humbly represent the spirit of the Danish people in a time of great deprivation and strife. Headings include a date, relevant quote or newspaper headline, and there are captioned photos throughout. A vocabulary list for young readers is included, as well as a prologue that is both informative and personal while anticipating any qualms readers may have, such as the timeline that skips around.



  1. Alexander S. says:

    Courage & Defiance. Deborah Hopkinson. review by Angela Leeper. August 25, “It happened overnight.” On April 9, , German.

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  4. Denis L. says:

    Utilizing interviews and extensive documentation, Hopkinson (Titanic: Voices From the Disaster) reconstructs the stories of those who lived.

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