By Sierra Brock
We Will Not Be Silent: the White Rose student resistance movement that defied Adolf Hitler, by Russell Freedman is a nonfiction book that focuses on college students who formed a resistance group against Adolf Hitler. It starts out by following the life of one of the main characters, Hans Scholl. Hans starts out as a supporter of Hitler and his actions. He joins the Hitler Youth Group and becomes a leader of his own section. Hans eventually changes his opinion of Hitler when another leader forces him to get rid of anything that shows individuality from the rest of the Hitler Youth. Once his opinion changes, Hans further explores Hitler’s views and actions. The book follows Hans alone through his first year in college and then proceeds to include his friends as they form the White Rose (the Hitler resistance group). The students who started the group would create pamphlets to convince others that it was wrong to support Hitler. After the pamphlets were made, the group members would put them in mailboxes or mail them from far away cities to reduce suspicion. Eventually, the Gestapo locate the location of where the pamphlets originate. This makes it even more difficult for the White Rose members to keep from being caught.
During World War II, America assumed that the whole of Germany supported Hitler. As a result of this assumption, the US shut out any positive views of Germany and ignored the fact that there were people in Germany who were against Hitler. Unlike many movies and other works of literature that focus on World War II or Hitler’s reign of terror, this book showcases a revolt against Hitler that is commonly overlooked. In my opinion, this book is not only informative, but an interesting read as well. It is fairly relatable in the sense that, in a way, it reminds us that even though some heroic voices may be blocked out, it doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Even though this is a non-fiction book, I would recommend it not only to history enthusiasts, but to those who enjoy knowing that justice isn’t something that lies completely in fantasies.