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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 t 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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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 t 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.

30 review for The White Rose Resists: A Novel of the German Students Who Defied Hitler

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn Green

    This is a perfect novel. I can't think of a single thing I would have changed. The White Rose Resists is one of the best books I've read. It's important, eye-opening, full of drama and emotional power, and still manages to inspire hope by the end. The pace is excellent, the characterizations deeply human, the prose brilliant. It made me cry but it wasn't overwrought. The novel strikes that elusive balance between action and reflection. In other words, the plot moves along but not so quickly that This is a perfect novel. I can't think of a single thing I would have changed. The White Rose Resists is one of the best books I've read. It's important, eye-opening, full of drama and emotional power, and still manages to inspire hope by the end. The pace is excellent, the characterizations deeply human, the prose brilliant. It made me cry but it wasn't overwrought. The novel strikes that elusive balance between action and reflection. In other words, the plot moves along but not so quickly that it sacrifices space in which the characters can react to it, respond and and develop accordingly. It also manages to portray evil without being as graphic as some of the other WW2 novels I've read. The author's choices of how to blend fiction with fact made this story highly readable, thoroughly compelling, and completely her own. Amanda Barratt is one of the most gifted authors I know. She is a force. I am officially in awe of her abilities. The last time I was this stunned at the end of a novel, it was The Seamstress by Allison Pittman.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    My Thoughts... Wow. What I can say. There are no words. This is a must read book. Barratt has shared her heart on the pages of this book and I just don't know how to put words to what I read. The story telling was like no other. I don't want to say this but if you don't read any other book this year, please read this book. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rachel McMillan

    Endorsement: Woven with bittersweet delicacy, Barratt’s intimate voice wraps you so tightly and holds you so closely you are surprised at an outcome history already taught you. A monument to courage and conviction, The White Rose Resists blends Barratt’s hallmark of immersive research with a lovely poetic resonance. This staggering look at love and danger, hope, treachery and unfathomable bravery is delicately handled in Barratt’s deft, assured and masterful voice. The novel is a formidable and Endorsement: Woven with bittersweet delicacy, Barratt’s intimate voice wraps you so tightly and holds you so closely you are surprised at an outcome history already taught you. A monument to courage and conviction, The White Rose Resists blends Barratt’s hallmark of immersive research with a lovely poetic resonance. This staggering look at love and danger, hope, treachery and unfathomable bravery is delicately handled in Barratt’s deft, assured and masterful voice. The novel is a formidable and bold portrait of impossible courage in a time of sheer evil, yet in Barratt's intelligent care, we are left with the most potent sense of shimmering hope. This book deserves to be on every shelf, at the centre of every book club conversation and on the tips of every reader's tongue for years to come.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Sundin

    If we lived in Nazi Germany, would we risk our lives to resist - or would we choose the safe path of silence? The White Rose Resists brings this dilemma to life through the eyes of the real-life members of the White Rose and the fictional eyes of Anneliese and Kirk. Having researched Munich and the University of Munich for my upcoming novel, When Twilight Breaks, I was impressed by the depth and accuracy of the author’s research. However, the intriguing characters and the beautiful writing made If we lived in Nazi Germany, would we risk our lives to resist - or would we choose the safe path of silence? The White Rose Resists brings this dilemma to life through the eyes of the real-life members of the White Rose and the fictional eyes of Anneliese and Kirk. Having researched Munich and the University of Munich for my upcoming novel, When Twilight Breaks, I was impressed by the depth and accuracy of the author’s research. However, the intriguing characters and the beautiful writing made an even deeper impression. This novel drew me in and made me ponder. This is not an easy book to read, nor should it be. But it is a good read, a necessary read. And a highly recommended read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Geaney

    When author Amanda Barratt asked for early readers for her new release, The White Rose Resists, I responded immediately. I had just finished reading A Promise for Tomorrow (her contribution to The Heart's Stronghold novella collection) and I previously enjoyed My Dearest Dietrich (2019). In my mind, I could expect another well-crafted story and that's just what she has delivered. I gravitate to historical fiction because stories make learning fun! Through her novel, Barratt introduced me to two h When author Amanda Barratt asked for early readers for her new release, The White Rose Resists, I responded immediately. I had just finished reading A Promise for Tomorrow (her contribution to The Heart's Stronghold novella collection) and I previously enjoyed My Dearest Dietrich (2019). In my mind, I could expect another well-crafted story and that's just what she has delivered. I gravitate to historical fiction because stories make learning fun! Through her novel, Barratt introduced me to two historical figures—Hans and Sophie Scholl—and showed how their passive resistance to the Nazi regime left an indelible mark on German society. Days after I finished reading I couldn't stop thinking about the Scholls and the ultimate sacrifice they were willing to make for their fellow man. I decided to read it again; then I asked my son and husband if they had ever heard of them. It's that sort of book... one you want to discuss with others.   For me, Barratt struck the perfect balance between fact and fiction. She explains in her author's note how Kirk Hoffmann and Annalise Brandt were fictional characters—inspired by people she encountered while researching the White Rose. While I'll remember Hans and Sophie Scholl for their brave stand against tyranny, Kirk and Annalise were memorable in their own right due to the hope their faith brought to this tale. Love conquers all.  I've read 38 books so far this year and The White Rose Resists is a true standout! Whether you enjoy non-fiction titles like The Hiding Place and Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl or prefer historical novels by authors like Melanie Dobson, Sarah Sundin, Susan Meissner, and Jennifer Chiaverini, this is a must-read title for YOU! My Favorite Quotes: "I’m ashamed of the fearful thoughts crowding in, eclipsing all else. If I give into my fear, I’ll be no better than the rest. Buckling beneath the oppressing hand of the Reich out of cowardice." “In the end, it comes down to the worth you ascribe to freedom. What price you’re willing to pay.” "The laughter of childhood is a casualty of war." “Anxiety is like hunger. The longer it gnaws at you, the more used to it you become, though it doesn’t make enduring it any easier." “It takes effort to feel hate. Indifference is easy.” "It’s humbling, this daily, childlike reliance, but faith has given me courage outside of myself." I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Tagg

    I want to review this book because it’s...amaaaaazing. At the same time, I feel like no matter what I say, it won’t do justice to the beautiful story inside these pages. The research and historical detail is just impeccable. The story itself is both captivating and heartbreaking. There were multiple moments where my eyes were so full of tears as I read that I had trouble even making out the words. I was (and still am) so moved…so challenged…so inspired. And truly, I don’t think I’ve ever been so I want to review this book because it’s...amaaaaazing. At the same time, I feel like no matter what I say, it won’t do justice to the beautiful story inside these pages. The research and historical detail is just impeccable. The story itself is both captivating and heartbreaking. There were multiple moments where my eyes were so full of tears as I read that I had trouble even making out the words. I was (and still am) so moved…so challenged…so inspired. And truly, I don’t think I’ve ever been so convicted (in a good and so-very-needed way) by a novel. The White Rose Resists is rich and deep and soul-stirring. And, of course, the romantic in me loved that we got a little side of romance, too. ❤️ Between this and Amanda Barratt’s previous novel, My Dearest Dietrich, I’m in awe of her storytelling gift and am already looking forward to whatever she writes next.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    This is not your typical WWII novel. This is a behind-the-scenes look at some idealistic youth in Germany under an oppressive dictator and how they become disillusioned and try to wake the average man to action. Ms. Barratt has thoroughly researched the true story of The White Rose drawing on the leaflets, letters, diaries and interviews with people contemporary to the events. She seamlessly adds a few fictional characters into the mix to flesh out the story. Throughout the novel, she shows hope This is not your typical WWII novel. This is a behind-the-scenes look at some idealistic youth in Germany under an oppressive dictator and how they become disillusioned and try to wake the average man to action. Ms. Barratt has thoroughly researched the true story of The White Rose drawing on the leaflets, letters, diaries and interviews with people contemporary to the events. She seamlessly adds a few fictional characters into the mix to flesh out the story. Throughout the novel, she shows hope, faith and courage of ordinary people. The White Rose Resists brought me to tears again at the injustice that was wrought during the Hitler regime. I was in awe at the lengths that these souls went to in order to bring truth to their fellow countrymen. The story is told in turns by the members of The White Rose. Sophie Scholl: “ There is purpose in this. In death, as in life. Someday perhaps my story will be told, and others will remember. That to witness wrong and stay silent is as much a crime as committing evil oneself. That youth does not exempt one from responsibility. That freedom is a gift.” I am reminded of the many examples in the Bible that God reserves a remnant even when things look bleak. And that He is with that few in spite of the overwhelming odds. Notable Quotes: Sophie:“How can we expect righteousness to prevail if there is hardly anyone willing to sacrifice themselves for a righteous cause.” Kirk:“The laughter of childhood is a casualty of war. Childhood itself is stolen by war’s cruel hand.” Sophie: “Freedom looks like this sunshine. Freedom to live without fear, to speak one’s beliefs without glancing around and behind.” Tension permeated the pages as Sophie, her brother, Hans and their friends put their plans into action. Ms. Barratt captures the heartache as the characters try to protect each other, then take responsibility for their actions. Sophie: “In spite of my exhaustion, the risk of discovery, the nagging anxiety, I wouldn’t go back to doing nothing. Pain is better than emptiness.” Annalise: “Even the greatest darkness can be breached by the flame of a single candle.” It was my privilege to read such an accomplished book. Ms. Barratt truly brings the past to life. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  8. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Chiavaroli

    The White Rose Resists is that rare and powerful story that rips your heart apart at the same time that it inspires you to live for something greater. With a lyrical and skillful voice, Amanda Barratt tells the amazing true story of the German students who dared to use their voices in a culture of oppression. This novel will have readers turning pages late into the night, it will have their own blood surging and boiling with a need for justice. Most of all, it will remind them of what is truly i The White Rose Resists is that rare and powerful story that rips your heart apart at the same time that it inspires you to live for something greater. With a lyrical and skillful voice, Amanda Barratt tells the amazing true story of the German students who dared to use their voices in a culture of oppression. This novel will have readers turning pages late into the night, it will have their own blood surging and boiling with a need for justice. Most of all, it will remind them of what is truly important, and spur them on to live more fully. A beautiful masterpiece of a novel!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chelsie

    The truth of Hitlers ulterior motives are showing through in Germany, as rumors of war breaks out. Uniformed soldiers are being seen everywhere, curfews are in place as well as round ups and blood red banners have been hung all over the city and in every building. The country screams Hitler and the Nazi party.  Sophie feels she needs to do something. She sees everyday how it is affecting her family. The rationing of food, and fuel as well as people no longer having their businesses because of the The truth of Hitlers ulterior motives are showing through in Germany, as rumors of war breaks out. Uniformed soldiers are being seen everywhere, curfews are in place as well as round ups and blood red banners have been hung all over the city and in every building. The country screams Hitler and the Nazi party.  Sophie feels she needs to do something. She sees everyday how it is affecting her family. The rationing of food, and fuel as well as people no longer having their businesses because of their religious belief. She knows her brother has been up to something, but he is keeping quiet. Meanwhile, she is trying to get through her university classes, when she makes a new friend, Annalise. Han's eventually lets Sophie in on his adventures as night, as she promises to help and feels she might have finally found an effort that will help with the war. Well, resisting everything Hitler is trying to do. Han's makes it clears she could lose her life, and this is literals life or death. There can be no mistakes, no slip ups. Sophie, Hans and a few other recruits of his have all figured out how to get their pamphlets and words out. Resistance, that is what needs to happen.  At first it seems their attempt is futile for all of the work it is taking, and how can they do more than 100 copies, they will need a machine, but those are nearly impossible to get and puts a target on your back. They need to find a way to mass produce thousands of pamphlets. Sophie calls in a favor, with her fiancé and they are in business. They never thought they would have gotten their hands on a machine.  All of their extra time is spent on putting their words on paper, mass producing, mailing or dropping these without getting caught. They have found ways to split up and mail from different cities to make it not so obvious that it is localized. Word is getting around, and there are murmurs of the White Rose group that is printing these pamphlets. Excitement and feeling of doing good is cursing through them all. Sophie asks to bring in her friend Annalise, another female to help purchase stamps and paper and distribute. A female is less likely to be assumed to be helping with a resistance. They are uneasy about letting Annalise in, her father after all is an SS officer. But she has shared her beliefs with Sophie, and so they give in and trust bringing her in as well. With all of them working together, they are able to produce thousands of leaflets, but that also makes things more risky as that means that many more have to be mailed or delivered. Rumors are, they are looking for the perpetuators. They are not happy that this is getting the hands of people. Han's then decides to take a risk and one night a few of the men, paint the sides of buildings with words and phrases. Including the university. Now there really is uproar over this resistance group, and they really have to be cautionary with everything they say and do. But due to all of their extra time spent on this, they are all becoming exhausted and that is where potential for mistakes is made. Han's then decides on a more bold approach, and Sophie won't let him do it alone. The two are taken amidst the chaos that had ensued and are cuffed and interrogated for hours, and days. Over, and over the same questions, the same bright light, no food or water. But can Sophie and Hans prevail and take it all to their grave without giving up, or will they connect the dots that will lead them to all of the others? Very well researched and written novel! Thank you to Amanda Barratt, the author for a copy of the book. I really loved this novel and how she wrote it from a few viewpoints. This novel was based on true people, and a true resistance group. 

  10. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Amanda Barrett sets a high bar of excellence in this stirring tribute to the real life heroes of the White Rose resistance group, a group of German college students during WWII. Ms. Barrett's impeccable attention to detail and expert research brings to light a story of which I had little prior knowledge. Hans and Sophie Scholl's message that one cannot stand innocently by to the injustice and evils in our world is compelling. Beautifully written, this expertly crafted tale will change its reader Amanda Barrett sets a high bar of excellence in this stirring tribute to the real life heroes of the White Rose resistance group, a group of German college students during WWII. Ms. Barrett's impeccable attention to detail and expert research brings to light a story of which I had little prior knowledge. Hans and Sophie Scholl's message that one cannot stand innocently by to the injustice and evils in our world is compelling. Beautifully written, this expertly crafted tale will change its readers with its message of hope and action, amidst tragedy and evil. One for the keeper shelf! One of many quotes I highlighted: "If I do not fight against, aren't I as good as fighting for?" I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are mine.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    2020 Top Pick! Author Amanda Barratt displays a masterful touch with a powerful story. This beautiful novel relates the tale of Sophie and Hans Scholl, their real-life collaborators, and two winning fictional characters, who pit their youth and passion against the unforgiving Reich. The first person, present tense POV pulls readers into the story and allows them to watch events unfold through their own eyes. Barratt’s deft hand with details brings history to life without overpowering the rich em 2020 Top Pick! Author Amanda Barratt displays a masterful touch with a powerful story. This beautiful novel relates the tale of Sophie and Hans Scholl, their real-life collaborators, and two winning fictional characters, who pit their youth and passion against the unforgiving Reich. The first person, present tense POV pulls readers into the story and allows them to watch events unfold through their own eyes. Barratt’s deft hand with details brings history to life without overpowering the rich emotions at the heart of this novel. And that ending . . . perfection! 5+++ stars! A winner! Can’t wait to share this with my students! Best Quote: “Someday perhaps my story will be told, and others will remember. That to witness wrong and stay silent is as much a crime as committing evil oneself. That youth does not exempt one from responsibility.” ~Sophie Scholl

  12. 5 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    'Show me what to do. You, O Lord, are my only solace.' I have studied the Holocaust for decades and when I saw the subject of Amanda Barratt's newest book, I knew this would be interesting. The books is not directly a Holocaust related book, but indirectly. 'What worth do you ascribe to freedom? Amanda Barratt gives us the true story of Sophie Scholl and some of her fellow compatriots who acted to renounce Hitler and his ideas for Germany in the 1930s and 1940s. These young college students wrote a 'Show me what to do. You, O Lord, are my only solace.' I have studied the Holocaust for decades and when I saw the subject of Amanda Barratt's newest book, I knew this would be interesting. The books is not directly a Holocaust related book, but indirectly. 'What worth do you ascribe to freedom? Amanda Barratt gives us the true story of Sophie Scholl and some of her fellow compatriots who acted to renounce Hitler and his ideas for Germany in the 1930s and 1940s. These young college students wrote and mailed/passed out leaflets in direct opposition to the Nazi regime. 'What little I have to offer, I will give. No matter the cost.' Barratt tells their story with writing so stellar it grabs your mind and refuses to let go. I knew the outcome of Sophie Scholl's story before reading this book, and yet Barratt makes Sophie's life and her friends' lives come so alive! She puts you 'in' their lives. You feel their pain, their fear, their determination to try and make Germany a better place, a place free of a tyrant's rule, a place where lives mattered and not just lives that tyrant thought were worthy. 'Our instincts for evil have been nurtured. Once, acts of violence were condemned. Now, they're condoned. As long as the targets those deemed deserving.' Incredibly well written and heartrendingly told, this book will stay with you. It's not a quick read. It takes time to absorb. While it is based on fact, parts are fictionalized but Barratt stays totally true to the facts. This book is impeccably researched and well worth reading. Bravo! *My thanks to Kregel Publications for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions in this review are expressly my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    MJSH

    "Faith is trusting through the darkness, but sometimes I ask how and come up empty." Amanda Barratt is a master storyteller who weaves beautifully crafted fiction into heart-rending history to produce a thought-provoking and soul-stirring story of unspeakable tragedy and hope. She pens such unique and unforgettable historical fiction with attention to detail that will bring you into the heart of her characters, both historical and fictional, and have you living in their shoes. I knew nothing abou "Faith is trusting through the darkness, but sometimes I ask how and come up empty." Amanda Barratt is a master storyteller who weaves beautifully crafted fiction into heart-rending history to produce a thought-provoking and soul-stirring story of unspeakable tragedy and hope. She pens such unique and unforgettable historical fiction with attention to detail that will bring you into the heart of her characters, both historical and fictional, and have you living in their shoes. I knew nothing about the White Rose student movement in Munich during WWII prior to reading this book but experiencing the students' passion and sacrifice for freedom through the author's poignant words has given me a new focus in perspective. This is a book that will stay with you long after you've finished the last page; echoes of "if an opportunity presented itself, would you risk your own life to save another?" will continue to resound in your spirit once you get to know Hans, Alex, Kirk, Sophie, Annalise, and Willi. The White Rose Resists has a very different feel and tempo from the author's previous book My Dearest Dietrich but is equally captivating. Told from first person present perspectives of Sophie (historical figure), Annalise and Kirk (fictional characters), the plot has a passionate - almost reckless - urgency, fire and abandon that can only come from university students in 1942 Munich. Sophie's brother Hans, with his like-minded friends, Sophie, and Annalise, forms White Rose to stand up against the inhumane atrocities through printed pamphlets. There is also a relatively large secondary character cast which is mostly made up of actual historical figures who were a part of White Rose or helped with some type of resistance during the war. Even in the midst of darkest evil, death, and suffering, the author infuses hope into each character and encounter. Yes, the fate of Sophie and Hans is known, but you will not be able to stop the tears from flowing or heart from breaking when they bravely meet their sentence. With poetic, melodic voice and meticulous research, Amanda Barratt puts forth another must-read, faith-based historical fiction that is absolutely riveting. This is definitely on my Top 10 for The Best Books of 2020. I received a copy of the book from Kregel Publications/author and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    There are some books that come along that simply require reflection and muse, that take your breath away while reading, and that leave a mark on your mind and heart that a lesson is meant to be heard. I got all of that and more from this amazing book. The character development is so incredibly well done, and you really feel as if you know them as your neighbors. These young students are amazing...risking all to tell the truth no one else will tell. It provokes the reader to think about what one w There are some books that come along that simply require reflection and muse, that take your breath away while reading, and that leave a mark on your mind and heart that a lesson is meant to be heard. I got all of that and more from this amazing book. The character development is so incredibly well done, and you really feel as if you know them as your neighbors. These young students are amazing...risking all to tell the truth no one else will tell. It provokes the reader to think about what one would do and what one would be willing to risk in telling the truth. For me,the start and development of the story was a bit slow in the beginning. My mind that is affected by neuro disorder had a bit of a difficult time following the different people in short time spans. As the book progresses,the reader spends more time with each character...this actually helps the book really build into the fantastic read that it is. It is pure genius once you realize how well the story is told...and how it has to be told. The fact that so much real detail and facts are in this book makes it powerful,the way the author writes and weaves those facts into this book makes a spectacular, heart wrenching story! There is an obvious faith and truth theme through the book...and the eternal fight of good versus evil. A book truly written for the times in which we live. The first book by this author set the bar very high for this one, but that was not a problem. Once again,she exceeded my expectations. I really do not feel any review is quite going to do this book justice, but I am thrilled I read it. It will not soon be forgotten...and much to ponder and absorb. I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    "The day of reckoning has come, the reckoning of the German youth again the most heinous tyranny our nation ever had to suffer. In the name of all German youth, we demand of Adolf Hitler's state the return of personal freedom, the most precious good of the German people, of which he has cheated us in the most wretched manner." A manifesto of sorts; defining the demands of "The White Rose", a student resistance movement, who against all odds, fought a regime of terror with the only means they had "The day of reckoning has come, the reckoning of the German youth again the most heinous tyranny our nation ever had to suffer. In the name of all German youth, we demand of Adolf Hitler's state the return of personal freedom, the most precious good of the German people, of which he has cheated us in the most wretched manner." A manifesto of sorts; defining the demands of "The White Rose", a student resistance movement, who against all odds, fought a regime of terror with the only means they had available; their words. Did they accomplish their purpose? Perhaps the fact that we are still honoring them with our words is a fitting tribute to their legacy. Amanda Barratt has written these brave young men and women back to life within the pages of her book; carefully peeling back the layers of their humanity, their conscience, their determination, their sanctity of life, and ultimately their ineffable courage in the face of dire consequences. And even then . . . "I don't regret my conduct. I believe I have done the best I could for my country and my conscience. I'm ready to stand before God only with the regret that I didn't do more." What an outstanding example of historical fiction. I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Barker

    Oh my goodness, I can't encourage you enough to read The White Rose Resists by Amanda Barratt. Without a doubt, it is one of my top two reads of the year thus far. And I'll venture to say it will stay among my top reads ever. Before reading this novel, I didn't know about the White Rose—a group of German students who would not stand by and continue to watch the atrocities that Hitler and many of their countrymen were inflicting on so many innocents. No, these students decided to do their part to Oh my goodness, I can't encourage you enough to read The White Rose Resists by Amanda Barratt. Without a doubt, it is one of my top two reads of the year thus far. And I'll venture to say it will stay among my top reads ever. Before reading this novel, I didn't know about the White Rose—a group of German students who would not stand by and continue to watch the atrocities that Hitler and many of their countrymen were inflicting on so many innocents. No, these students decided to do their part to open the eyes of other Germans and inspire them to resist as well, knowing full well they were risking their lives in doing so. Thank you, Amanda Barratt, for giving us this powerful, heartbreaking, and inspiring story. It's one everyone should read. One everyone should remember. One that will cause us to salute those who've sacrificed much—and even given their lives—for the cause of freedom and for the love of their fellow man. I very highly recommend this important book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kailey

    I’m having trouble finding the words to describe this book. It was that good! I enjoyed it immensely. It is such a powerful story about young people standing up against injustice. I truly cared for these characters, including the fictional ones. This book even made me cry a few times, which is really hard to do. I hadn’t heard of The White Rose group before this, but now I want to know more about these brave young people. I highly recommend this book! I received a complimentary copy from the publ I’m having trouble finding the words to describe this book. It was that good! I enjoyed it immensely. It is such a powerful story about young people standing up against injustice. I truly cared for these characters, including the fictional ones. This book even made me cry a few times, which is really hard to do. I hadn’t heard of The White Rose group before this, but now I want to know more about these brave young people. I highly recommend this book! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stacey Ulferts

    I had the privilege of reading an ARC of The White Rose Resists: A Novel of the German Students Who Defied Hitler by Amanda Barratt. Since I was only vaguely familiar with the actual events, I did a little research on my own before starting. I wanted to have the students’ faces in my mind while reading. Having done so, the story ceased to be just words written on a page. The events came alive as I read and I was right there with them joining in as they questioned what they had been raised to bel I had the privilege of reading an ARC of The White Rose Resists: A Novel of the German Students Who Defied Hitler by Amanda Barratt. Since I was only vaguely familiar with the actual events, I did a little research on my own before starting. I wanted to have the students’ faces in my mind while reading. Having done so, the story ceased to be just words written on a page. The events came alive as I read and I was right there with them joining in as they questioned what they had been raised to believe about right and wrong. I did a lot of soul searching along with them. It is easy for someone to think how they might act in a given situation but quite another when actually faced with that situation. This book isn’t just written, it is beautifully crafted in a hopeful, heartbreaking, haunting way. I had to stop reading at one point because I couldn’t see through my tears. This book is just so real. Told through several characters’ eyes, I was captivated from the very first page. Yesterday would have been Sophie Scholl’s 99th birthday, a fact that was all the more poignant while reading her story. Even though I knew the ending, I kept hoping it would change. Because of Amanda Barratt's masterful use of actual quotes and excerpts from letters and diaries to achieve realness, I know The White Rose Resists is one book that won't ever leave me. I was trying to think who I would recommend this to and I have decided the answer is simply...everyone.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Susie Finkbeiner

    Amanda Barratt writes with courage, heart, and the kind of brain power that is super impressive to me. I am so impressed with the way she devotes so much, not only to research, but also to writing real people with compassion, dignity, and humanity. I'm eager for whatever she brings us next!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Erin Laramore

    4.5 stars for this WWII historical fiction. This book brought to light a movement that I'd not heard of before - the White Rose. This book is based on the actual lives of brother/sister duo Hans and Sophie Scholl, and their effort as college students to educate their fellow German citizens on what Hitler was really doing. Having not heard about any German resistance during WWII, I found this fascinating, particularly because of their youth. Because of the subject matter, this book was a bit "hea 4.5 stars for this WWII historical fiction. This book brought to light a movement that I'd not heard of before - the White Rose. This book is based on the actual lives of brother/sister duo Hans and Sophie Scholl, and their effort as college students to educate their fellow German citizens on what Hitler was really doing. Having not heard about any German resistance during WWII, I found this fascinating, particularly because of their youth. Because of the subject matter, this book was a bit "heavier" than what I'm used to reading, though it's not TOO heavy. As the White Rose group was fighting against the racism prevalent in the era - seeking a pure Aryan race, there were a lot of conversations and sentiments that were particularly reminiscent of what's happening in the US right now after the recent death of George Floyd. I was able to relate a lot to how the group was feeling. Belonging to the race that is claiming superiority, but wanting to broadcast that it's not at all superior. I appreciated the differing viewpoints throughout the book and the fact that Ms. Barratt combined some of the outlying members of the White Rose to be represented in her fictional characters of Annaliese Brandt and Kirk Hoffman. The other viewpoint was Sophie Scholl, whose journals offered insight to the author on her thoughts, feelings and character. I think it is difficult to write about real-life historical figures, but I believe Ms. Barratt did an admirable job in this instance. One of the things I love most about historical fiction is the ability to teach me something different or to see a different perspective of well known historical events. This book did both of those things and I loved learning about this group who fought back against their own countrymen with the written word. I would strongly recommend this one to any fans of historical (particularly WWII) fiction. Special thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an e-copy of this book. I was under no obligation to write a positive review and the thoughts contained herein are my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Alfveby Crea

    The White Rose Resists by Amanda Barratt exemplifies historical fiction at it's finest! Taking a true tale of heroism and bravery fueled by conviction, the author tells a gripping story that stayed with me long after I was finished reading. "It's astonishing how we've all believed and fought for and trumpeted these ideals (as Hitler youth) thinking they're for our own good. When, in reality, they only serve to further the aims of those in power". This line from the book reminds us of the continu The White Rose Resists by Amanda Barratt exemplifies historical fiction at it's finest! Taking a true tale of heroism and bravery fueled by conviction, the author tells a gripping story that stayed with me long after I was finished reading. "It's astonishing how we've all believed and fought for and trumpeted these ideals (as Hitler youth) thinking they're for our own good. When, in reality, they only serve to further the aims of those in power". This line from the book reminds us of the continual need for people of every generation to think for themselves, to discover the truth, and to stand up for the truth, no matter what. When I read such an excellent work of historical fiction, it always makes me want to delve into the real events even more, which is why I am grateful that the author provides highly recommended books for further reading at the end. I will be looking into those for sure. Amanda Barratt has an absolutely beautiful style of writing and combined with her impeccable research, I couldn't help but be pulled into this spellbinding story that was hard to put down. I won't soon forget the story of university students Hans and Sophie Scholl and their friends who fought with absolute conviction-no matter what the cost- to speak out against the evils of Hitler and Nazi Germany against humanity. I highly recommend The White Rose Resists as an excellent choice for lovers of historical fiction. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Reid

    The White Rose Resists by Amanda Barratt is an amazing WW2 Historical Fiction novel. Usually, I never really read anything to do with WW2, but I was intrigued by the idea of young people standing up against a regime ruled with fear and mistrust amongst its people. I have to say, this book did not disappoint. This book kept me at the edge of my feet. The differing perspectives that Amanda Barratt utilizes within the story from Kirk Hoffman to Annalise Brandt to Sophie Scholl is amazing and allows f The White Rose Resists by Amanda Barratt is an amazing WW2 Historical Fiction novel. Usually, I never really read anything to do with WW2, but I was intrigued by the idea of young people standing up against a regime ruled with fear and mistrust amongst its people. I have to say, this book did not disappoint. This book kept me at the edge of my feet. The differing perspectives that Amanda Barratt utilizes within the story from Kirk Hoffman to Annalise Brandt to Sophie Scholl is amazing and allows for many different points of view in terms of their operation against the Third Reich. One of the things that I loved about this book is the fact that Amanda gives us insight into how Sophie Scholl and Annalise Brandt among others, navigated a society gripped by war and fear. I especially loved the way that we even get an insight into how Nazi Germany viewed itself and its treatment of those they considered undesirable (including poorer Germans during the war.) What I really loved about The White Rose Resists is how Amanda shows the operation and creation of the leaflets they created (using funds and their own resources), but more importantly, how the White Rose, as they called themselves, not only distributed the leaflets and made sure to stay undetected until the end of the war but also their spirituality. How their faith in God moved them to do something that they knew could lead to their deaths. Speaking of their deaths, the way that Amanda handles these topics is truly spectacular. The trials of Hanz and Sophie Scholl, Kirk Hoffman, Annalise Brandt, and their friends is heart wrenching but also encouraging because you have been following their journey and don't want any of them to die but you know they will. Plus, Amanda doesn't just dwell on their deaths but also the aftermath and the legacy the White Rose left in Germany and the world at large. At the end of the book, you will feel a sense of grief but amazement at how these young university students defied Hitler. Overall, I would give this book a 5 out of 5 stars.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer K

    The White Rose Resists is one of the most powerful and well written books that I have read this year! Barratt’s beautiful writing carries the reader to 1940’s Munich as if one were there. This touching story of friends bound together by the desire for their countrymen to hear truth is thoroughly researched and woven together wonderfully. Amidst the suffering of World War II, bravery and hope are still present and this inspiring historical fiction emerges. I am so grateful that I heard about the The White Rose Resists is one of the most powerful and well written books that I have read this year! Barratt’s beautiful writing carries the reader to 1940’s Munich as if one were there. This touching story of friends bound together by the desire for their countrymen to hear truth is thoroughly researched and woven together wonderfully. Amidst the suffering of World War II, bravery and hope are still present and this inspiring historical fiction emerges. I am so grateful that I heard about the lives of these ordinary university students who changed the world. This memorable story will remain with me forever. All I can say is read everything Barratt writes! I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Trisha

    You will not want to miss out on this powerful story! When I first heard that Amanda Barratt was going to write a book about Sophie Scholl and her brother Hanz, I was supper excited! I had read her previous book My Dearest Dietrich and loved it. I just knew that if anyone could write about the White Rose Resistance, it would be Amanda Barratt. Let me just say that this story is phenomenal. My simple words could never do it justice. This story is powerful and one that not only needed to be told, b You will not want to miss out on this powerful story! When I first heard that Amanda Barratt was going to write a book about Sophie Scholl and her brother Hanz, I was supper excited! I had read her previous book My Dearest Dietrich and loved it. I just knew that if anyone could write about the White Rose Resistance, it would be Amanda Barratt. Let me just say that this story is phenomenal. My simple words could never do it justice. This story is powerful and one that not only needed to be told, but should never be forgotten. I knew the over view of the White Rose Resistance. But I didn’t have an in depth intimate understanding. Reading this book, I felt like I lived it right along side the characters. To read this book is to experience it. (I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Amanda Barratt clearly loves historical research- so do I. So that rather guaranteed that I would like this book. I loved the way she wrapped it up. These were real people that died for a cause they believed in. Very inspiring to think of their sacrifice. Author did not just report history, she made it come alive with characters that felt so very real. Even though it dealt with a sad part of history, it gave hope. It makes you ask, "what would I be willing to die for?" Advance Copy provided by #N Amanda Barratt clearly loves historical research- so do I. So that rather guaranteed that I would like this book. I loved the way she wrapped it up. These were real people that died for a cause they believed in. Very inspiring to think of their sacrifice. Author did not just report history, she made it come alive with characters that felt so very real. Even though it dealt with a sad part of history, it gave hope. It makes you ask, "what would I be willing to die for?" Advance Copy provided by #NetGalley

  26. 4 out of 5

    Abby Breuklander

    This is one of those stories that will stay with me forever. Many times in life we have choices to make that can be extremely difficult and scary. Will we speak up or remain silent? Will we stand up for what's right or will we remain in our seats? No one likes to rock the boat or go against the grain, but there are times or events happening in the world where we just can't turn a blind eye to what is going on around us. God has placed us exactly where we are for a specific reason and will see u This is one of those stories that will stay with me forever. Many times in life we have choices to make that can be extremely difficult and scary. Will we speak up or remain silent? Will we stand up for what's right or will we remain in our seats? No one likes to rock the boat or go against the grain, but there are times or events happening in the world where we just can't turn a blind eye to what is going on around us. God has placed us exactly where we are for a specific reason and will see us through everything we could ever face. Even when the darkness is overwhelming His light and love always surround us.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Bridgewater

    Fabulous story I have read A LOT of World War II stories. One of my two favorite genres to devour. I have read plenty of stories which show the plight and hurt of the Jewish people. I have read the plight of the soldiers who have done the hurting. But I have always wondered why no one actually stood up to the soldiers and Hitler. Anyone could see the harm he was causing to people. I heard a lot of good news about Amanda Barratt's first novel, My Dearest Dietrich, but I haven't read it YET. When I Fabulous story I have read A LOT of World War II stories. One of my two favorite genres to devour. I have read plenty of stories which show the plight and hurt of the Jewish people. I have read the plight of the soldiers who have done the hurting. But I have always wondered why no one actually stood up to the soldiers and Hitler. Anyone could see the harm he was causing to people. I heard a lot of good news about Amanda Barratt's first novel, My Dearest Dietrich, but I haven't read it YET. When I read the synopsis for The White Rose Resists, I knew it was the missing piece in my World War II information. I really couldn't wait to see what some Aryan college students who do to defy Hitler. Barratt's writing is a delight. The words flow easily from the page to my imagination. I love how she allowed the characters to be normal people who didn't set out to do something extraordinary; they saw an injustice and wanted to fix it. Admirable. There is some romance. There is some moments of breath catching. There is moments of sighing in relief because they didn't get caught. I can't wait to add this story to my physical shelf with all my other World War II novels. Definitely original and unpredictable. I can't wait to see what else Barratt researches and allows to come alive for readers. Something to keep an eye out for. I received a complimentary copy of The White Rose Resists by Amanda Barratt from Kregel Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    The White Rose Resists is an incredibly timely story of heroism and courage in the face of impossible odds - I cannot think of a better time for the world to revisit the story of Sophie Scholl and the students who mounted a passive resistance to the Nazi regime. Even as a student of World War II history, from the privilege of time and distance it is all too easy to wonder how average citizens could standby - even embrace - the socio-political horror wrought by Hitler. Amanda Barratt's novel prov The White Rose Resists is an incredibly timely story of heroism and courage in the face of impossible odds - I cannot think of a better time for the world to revisit the story of Sophie Scholl and the students who mounted a passive resistance to the Nazi regime. Even as a student of World War II history, from the privilege of time and distance it is all too easy to wonder how average citizens could standby - even embrace - the socio-political horror wrought by Hitler. Amanda Barratt's novel provides excellent, thought-provoking insight into the twin traps of blindness and complacency and how one small group of German students awoke and declared, "no more." It's impossible to read this story now, in light of current events sweeping the country, and not ask and examine oneself for the hard answers: how would I respond, what would I do? Would I rest in the illusory safety of privileged protection, or would I risk everything like the Scholl siblings and their friends for the chance to speak truth to power. Most of the novel is split between three points-of-view: Sophie, Annalise (daughter of an SS officer), and Kirk (son of a Lutheran pastor). Barrett's characterizations are compassionate and thoughtfully rendered. I do feel Barrett's narrative was strongest from her original characters' viewpoints (Annalise and Kirk), though I understand the limitations that would have placed on the narrative, particularly when one can drawn from the detailed records of Sophie's interrogation and trial. There is a fourth viewpoint, but it appears so briefly that although impactful it seems inserted rather than wholly organic to the storyline. That aside, I cannot stress enough that this novel's message is timelier than ever. Barratt has clearly done her research and her portrait of these "bright young things" with their lives ahead of them is poignant and heartbreaking, though still laced with hope. There are no easy answers here, and Barratt doesn't shy from an honest portrayal of the emotional toll of war and rebellion. Sophie, Annalise, Kirk, and the rest of the White Rose have a choice: to ignore evil or face it head-on. The cost of their actions, their bravery in facing the machine of Nazi bigotry is a call to action resounding through history, for "to witness a wrong and stay silent is as much a crime as committing evil oneself." Read and be inspired, challenged, and committed to learn from the past in order to do - and BE - better in the present.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Hudson

    WHAT PRICE, FREEDOM? “In the end, it comes down to the worth you ascribe to freedom. What price you’re willing to pay.” It is a rarity when a World War II historical fiction novel comes along that takes my breath away with the depth and breadth of it. THE WHITE ROSE RESISTS is such a novel. It was inspired by the true story of a group of German young people who made a conscious choice to take a stand against evil during WWII. At many different times, it made me stop and evaluate my life and my com WHAT PRICE, FREEDOM? “In the end, it comes down to the worth you ascribe to freedom. What price you’re willing to pay.” It is a rarity when a World War II historical fiction novel comes along that takes my breath away with the depth and breadth of it. THE WHITE ROSE RESISTS is such a novel. It was inspired by the true story of a group of German young people who made a conscious choice to take a stand against evil during WWII. At many different times, it made me stop and evaluate my life and my commitment to God. Normally, a novel this size only takes me a day or two to read depending on what is going on in my life. I took my time with this so it was more like three or four days of reading because I was so emotionally involved with the characters. Barratt’s writing style is so fluid that it makes me feel as if I was one of the young adults caught up in the Resistance, too! Her main characters have become MY FRIENDS, and I wish I had known about them sooner! She made me FEEL their struggles of righteous indignation and wonder what I would have done had I been in their situation. Would I have been one of the ones that “abandoned it all for the sake of the call?” Early in the book she mentioned the Confessing Church pastors were sent to Dachau. I have personally been there, seen the documentaries, viewed all the displays, walked the grounds, and visited the barracks. I stood in the gas chamber and had the door closed and locked behind me. It is a feeling I will never forget. My experiences made reading this novel so much more real and important to me. We must NEVER forget the sacrifices made by those who gave their lives in the battle for our freedom! Here is another favorite quote that helped the students then and can certainly help us all now: “This morning, before I left, my mutter told me God goes with us everywhere. And that even if we aren’t where we want to be, He can use us for good. I thought it might comfort you to know that as you return to Berlin.” This novel has been added to my Top 20 Most Influential Books List. I was provided a complimentary copy of this novel by Kregel Publications & NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Hodgkins

    Amanda Barratt’s novel “The White Rose Resists” is inspired by true events that take place during World War Two in Germany. It is as eye opening as it is heartbreaking, thoroughly captivating and harrowing. Annelise and Kirk are added, as fictional characters, to a cast of real-life heroes who stand up against the Nazi regime through their leaflets which dispute the government’s war propaganda and share the true horror of the treatment of Jews and those who fight back. “My footsteps on the cobbles Amanda Barratt’s novel “The White Rose Resists” is inspired by true events that take place during World War Two in Germany. It is as eye opening as it is heartbreaking, thoroughly captivating and harrowing. Annelise and Kirk are added, as fictional characters, to a cast of real-life heroes who stand up against the Nazi regime through their leaflets which dispute the government’s war propaganda and share the true horror of the treatment of Jews and those who fight back. “My footsteps on the cobblestones are too loud. My heart drums inside my ears. What if I’m stopped? Searched? They’ll read the words we’ve written to rouse our deaf countrymen and call it sedition. It will mean arrest. Imprisonment. I can’t think beyond that. If I do, I might stop walking altogether.” - From “The White Rose Resists” by Amanda Barratt My school education focused a lot of our time on World War Two but from the Allies perspective and to read about how the Germans felt, trapped in their homeland, silenced and abused, helpless to aid friends and neighbours is fascinating and chilling. I had never seen this side before. “My vater is one of the few Confessing Church pastors remaining—a dwindling group of dissidents who refuse to bend to Reich Church policies. A crucifix, rather than a portrait of Hitler hangs on the chapel wall, a Bible, not a copy of Mein Kampf, rests on the altar in the run-down building Vater rents for services.“ - From “The White Rose Resists” by Amanda Barratt As one can imagine, the Nazi government does not respond kindly to what amounts to treason in their eyes and the ending is so sad. Whilst the impact of these brave young activists lives on, the loss of their lives is tragic. Despite the pain and the anguish, the book is one of hope. It is filled with Christian insights and the belief that good overcomes evil. The leading characters each have a deep faith born of wrestling well with God over the atrocities of war. As we face COVID-19 around the world, I was encouraged by their testimony that through all this we will triumph, It is beautifully written, keeping me hooked on every word from the start. This is one that will live with me for a long while. It’s a five out of five on the enJOYment scale!

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