The Boys Who Challenged Hitler by: Philip Hoose, storyboard by Ariana Hauck

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler by: Philip Hoose, storyboard by Ariana Hauck

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  • Conflict
  • Rising action 1
  • Rising action 2:
  • Between 1940 and 1945 Odense Denmark was occupied with Nazi German forces. Opposing this control and Denmark’s easy surrender, teenage brothers Knud and Jens Pedersen begin to become politically educated and nurture a growing desire for activism.
  • Climax
  • Knud and Jens observe submission to Nazi occupation by the adults in Denmark, engendering frustration and the growing desire for change. Knud and Jens respond to their desire for change by forming the RAF group, a Nazi resistance group made up of the brothers and a few friends.The group, though not well organized or equipped resists Nazi’s by cutting telephone wires and smashing direction signs while riding upon their infamous bicycles.
  • Falling Actions
  • Knud and Jens’s family moves to Aalborg, forcing them to abandon the RAF group. The brothers create the Churchill club, which grows in popularity and allows more elaborate forms of resistance whilst demanding more advanced organization. The club’s actions move from vandalization to arson of Nazi buildings and theft of weapons and war supplies.The Churchill club grows in infamy and a warrant for their arrest is placed upon the Denmark police.
  • Resolution
  • The Churchill club now has delegated positions and a multitalented team, placing them at optimal strength. Armed with stolen grenades and secret Nazi information, the boys pull their most daring stunt; blowing up boxcars filled with German airplane parts.
  • Whilst making their quick getaway, the boys notice the Denmark firemen acting deliberately slow in putting out the fire, so as to allow more damage. This is the first sign of resistance from the Dane’s. This stunt attracted much attention, and as a result, every member of the group was captured and taken to jail.
  • The group’s actions inspired many formally docile citizens to take action and aid in resistance. For six years until the war’s end, the boys suffered immense psychological trauma in jail. Those who survived and were released found it difficult to adjust to an average life. Many contributed much to society and in their later years were recognized for their efforts during the war.
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