Freedman, Russell. We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler. Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, 2017. We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler, charts the political evolution of a handful of university students, many former members of the Hitler Youth, as they witness Nazi persecution of German and Russian citizens. Freedman centers this sobering, fascinating, documentary on the short lives of White Rose founder Hans Scholl and his younger sister Sophie, siblings who wrote, printed, and distributed anti-Nazi leaflets, ultimately making them targets of the Gestapo. Black and white historic photographs show just how ordinary these students were in many ways while the text highlights their extraordinary bravery. Although they were executed for their defiance, Hans' and Sophie's courage inspired others across Europe, and inspires young people now, to speak out against injustice, discrimination, prejudice and state violence. A 2107 Honor book for older readers.
Jane Addams Criteria: Approaching life with self-confidence and strength, Breaking cycles of fear, Living under dictatorships or occupation, Non-violent activism, Power of literacy, Solving problems courageously and non-violently, Thinking creatively and humanely about injustice and conflict past or present real or fictionalized, War/Revolution, Young people as activists, Young people's participation in creative solutions to the problems of war social injustice racism sexism homophobia ageism and/or concerns of the physically challenged