The Rose and the Edelweiss: Teenage Bands That Fought the Nazis, 1933-1945
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The bands of teenagers who fought the Nazis during the German occupation of France have been largely forgotten, overshadowed by the adult resistance. Roger Faligot is the son of one of the young resistors. He presents here an absorbing and insightful history, filled with details of “battle” plans, personalities, and daily life.
Starting in the very early 1940s, teenagers and even younger children, all across occupied Europe—in Poland, Denmark, Germany, Italy, and France—gathered to form groups to fight the Nazis. The White Rose and the Edelweiss Pirates were two of many. Their guerrilla activities ranged from demonstrating on the Champs Elysées (French students from Paris high schools) to bombing a crematory in Auschwitz (a Polish teenager, Róza Robota, and her friends). They were anonymous and politically unaffiliated with each other or, generally, with any adult groups. Faligot’s research turned up thousands of young fighters, male and female, fierce in their quest for freedom and justice, all willing to risk their lives in the resistance.
Roger Faligot : Roger Faligot is a French journalist who specializes in covering the military and secret service. He worked in Ireland in 1973 after having been a freelance investigative journalist for British and Parisian newspapers and magazines (Ireland, England, and Japan). He was a special correspondent for the weekly magazine The European, based in London, for seven years in the 1990s. His works, translated into English, are The Chinese Secret Service (William Morrow & Co, 1990); La Piscine, the French Secret Service (Basil Blackwell, 1989); and Britain’s Military Strategy in Ireland: The Kitson Experiment (Zed Books, 1983).