This book is from the series called Taking a Stand. The other titles are: Freedom Fighter: William Wallace and the Battle for Independence, Striking Back: The Fight to End Child Labor Exploitations, and United in Cause: The Sons of Liberty. This series examines how one person or small groups of people have the courage to change the course of history. Refusing to Crumble begins with the invasion of Denmark in April, 1940. T he Germans said that Denmark’s King Christian could keep his throne, but a new Danish government began to run the city with active participation and cooperation of the Nazi’s. That’s when a resistance movement, working with the help of Great Britian and Sweden, began to sabotage the war effort. The book provides names of individuals and names of resistance groups and includes information on how Jews were treated. A German, Georg Dukwitz, working in Denmark found out that the Germans were planning on rounding up the Danish Jews to send them to concentration camps. He took action and got the Swedish government to be ready to accept 7200 Jews from 300 Danish fishing boats. This united effort to save the Jews was one of the greatest acts of moral courage during the war. This book is well-researched, with quotations, pictures with sidebars explaining the text, a good timeline of events in Denmark, a glossary, a select bibliography, a map, source notes, further reading and even Internet sites. For ages 12 and up.
Barbara Silverman had an M.L.S. from Texas Woman’s University. She worked as a children’s librarian at the Corpus Christi Public Libraries and at the Corpus Christi ISD before retiring. She worked as a volunteer at the Astor Judaic Library of the Lawrence Family JCC in La Jolla, CA. Sadly, Barbara passed away is 2012.