Flowers in the gutter : the true story of the Edelweiss Pirates, teenagers who resisted the Nazis

by Gaddy, K. R.,

Format: Print Book 2020
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The true story of the Edelweiss Pirates, working-class teenagers who fought the Nazis by whatever means they could.

Fritz, Gertrud, and Jean were classic outsiders: their clothes were different, their music was rebellious, and they weren't afraid to fight. But they were also Germans living under Hitler, and any nonconformity could get them arrested or worse. As children in 1933, they saw their world change. Their earliest memories were of the Nazi rise to power and of their parents fighting Brownshirts in the streets, being sent to prison, or just disappearing.

As Hitler's grip tightened, these three found themselves trapped in a nation whose government contradicted everything they believed in. And by the time they were teenagers, the Nazis expected them to be part of the war machine. Fritz, Gertrud, and Jean and hundreds like them said no. They grew bolder, painting anti-Nazi graffiti, distributing anti-war leaflets, and helping those persecuted by the Nazis. Their actions were always dangerous. The Gestapo pursued and arrested hundreds of Edelweiss Pirates. In World War II's desperate final year, some Pirates joined in sabotage and armed resistance, risking the Third Reich's ultimate punishment. This is their story.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Debut author Gaddy draws on memoirs, documents, articles, and film to tell the stories of three brave German teenagers Jean, Fritz, and Gertrud who risked their lives in defiance of the Nazis' regimented rule. Through their three points of view, she tells of their early years and the adventures, activism, and strife they encountered during the rise of the Third Reich, on the way to forming their group, the Edelweiss Pirates, during WWII. They took huge risks spreading the anti-Nazi message, helping forced laborers, and sabotaging Nazi supplies and factories. Despite many beatings, arrests, and deportations, these teenagers remained determined to fight Hitler's rule even if it meant being branded as criminals. Gaddy carries their stories on beyond the '40s, giving readers a complete picture of how these young people were developed and treated due to the political climate. Supplemented by pictures and documents, Gaddy's thorough research shines a light on a heroic group of Germans that often goes unmentioned.--Savannah Patterson Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Gaddy's debut draws from memoirs and extensive research to share the true stories of three teens in Nazi Germany. Gertrud, Jean, and Fritz were non-Jewish, fairly typical German teens, hanging out with groups known as B√ľndische Jugend (free-federated youth). The Nazis considered such groups far too tolerant and nonconforming, and as Hitler came to power, they were subjected to imprisonment and interrogation. The senseless brutality they witnessed prompted the B√ľndische to risk their lives in acts of rebellion, vandalism, and sabotage because "at least if they were fighting back against the Nazis, they might die doing something meaningful." Despite awkward translations (for example, a foreman tells Fritz, "You are not bearable for the German people," to express contempt) and frequent use of undefined German phrases, this compelling account conveys the profound brutality of Hitler's Germany and how some children responded with acts of breathtaking bravery. Age 12--up. (Jan.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Edelweisspiraten (Resistance groups) -- History.
Anti-Nazi movement -- Germany.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Germany.
Teenagers -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Young adult literature.
Publisher New York :2020
Language English
Description 301 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 286-292) and index.
ISBN 9780525555414
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