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Monday, July 13, 2020

The White Rose Resists: A Novel of the German Students Who Defied Hitler by Amanda Barratt

The White Rose Resists: A Novel of the German Students Who Defied HitlerABOUT THE BOOK

Inspired by the incredible true story of a group of ordinary men and women who dared to stand against evil The ideal of a new Germany swept up Sophie Scholl in a maelstrom of patriotic fervor--that is, until she realized the truth behind Hitler's machinations for the fatherland. Now she and other students in Munich, the cradle of the Nazi government, have banded together to form a group to fight for the truth: the White Rose. Risking everything to print and distribute leaflets calling for Germans to rise up against the evil permeating their country, the White Rose treads a knife's edge of discovery by the gestapo.

Annalise Brandt came to the University of Munich to study art, not get involved with conspiracy. The daughter of an SS officer, she's been brought up to believe in the f�hrer's divinely appointed leadership. But the more she comes to know Sophie and her friends, the more she questions the Nazi propaganda.

Soon Annalise joins their double life--students by day, resisters by night. And as the stakes increase, they're all forced to confront the deadly consequences meted out to any who dare to oppose the Reich.

A gripping testament to courage, The White Rose Resists illuminates the sacrifice and conviction of an unlikely group of revolutionaries who refused to remain silent-no matter the cost.
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"All of us can point to darkness in our world. We each have a voice. A ripple can become a flood--a single flame, a fire." -- Author's Notes

From the first page to the last, I was enthralled by this book. The White Rose Resists is a historical fiction book that is based on the true story of a group of German college students who dared to go against Adolf Hitler and his evil regime during World War II. Sophie Schell and her brother Hans, along with several friends, published a set of leaflets to make others aware of the atrocities being performed against the Jewish people. These White Rose leaflets were few in number and they weren't even sure if they were succeeding but these brave students continued their secret agenda until they were all imprisoned and executed for their deeds.

Author Amanda Barratt has written a stunning story that relies heavily on the true happenings that occurred between May, 1942 and February, 1943, but she chooses to show her fictional characters continuing their journeys a few more years. The White Rose Resists concludes in June, 1945, after the end of World War II, when we learn the final fates of the fictional characters Annaliese Brandt, Kirk Hoffmann, and a few members of their families.

The words in this book are like poetry and they're as pertinent for today's society as they are for the time frame of this story. As I read about the real Sophie, Hans, Alexander, Christoph, and Will, I kept wondering if I could have, or would have, been as brave and determined as they were. Barratt's words often left me sobbing and I won't soon forget this powerful story. What more can I say other than I consider that The White Rose Resists is one of the best books that I've ever read!
I received a copy of this book from the author. I was in no way obligated to write a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


ECPA best-selling author Amanda Barratt fell in love with writing in grade school when she wrote her first story—a spin-off of Jane Eyre. Now, Amanda writes romantic, historical fiction, penning stories of beauty and brokenness set against the backdrop of bygone eras not so very different from our own. She's the author of over a dozen novels and novellas including The White Rose Resists: A Novel of the German Students Who Defied Hitler and My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Lost Love.

Amanda lives in the woods of Michigan with her family, where she can be found reading way too many books, plotting her next novel, and jotting down imaginary travel itineraries for her dream vacation to Europe.

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