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Darkness Over Denmark: The Danish Resistance and the Rescue of the Jews

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  125 ratings  ·  31 reviews
The remarkable story of collective and individual acts of bravery and altruism.
Hardcover, 164 pages
Published December 3rd 2005 by Holiday House (first published April 1st 2000)
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Ginny Messina
This is the remarkable story of how the Denmark saved Danish Jews during World War II, written for young adults (ages 10 and up). It is such an incredible story of goodness, courage and deep moral conviction, and Ellen Levine tells it very well, outlining the history of the occupation in Denmark interspersed with personal accounts and wonderful photographs. She debunks some of the myths about the Danish rescues and explores some of the reasons why it was even possible to save most of the country ...more
I picked this up for two reasons. The first is that I have been to the Danish Resistance Museum (if you are ever in Denmark, go). The second is that the best movie I saw last year was Flame and Citron, which was about the Danish Resistance. I loved the movie so much that I saw it on Comcast pay perview before it was in Philadelphia, then when it came to Philly, I saw it again. I'm such a nut; I preordered it. It's a great movie. Go see it now!

See? I told you the movie was good. Don't you just li
Feb 22, 2015 Joan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Holocaust students, or those who want affirmation that people can be wonderful.
I just happened on this title right now while looking through Goodreads. I have an autographed copy that I picked up at ALA in the year of publication. It has been a good while but I recall really loving this book. It is one of the few huge success stories of the Holocaust. The Danes didn't much care about a person's religion. If they were Danes, that was enough for them. This may be because they have the oldest constitution in Europe, among an area known for tolerance of others. Their location ...more
Zach Costello
I think that "Darkness Over Denmark" is a good book. This book is all about what happened to Denmark during WWII. The book covers the day the Germans invaded to the resistance groups that defied Germany. The book also covers all the Jews that were captured or how they escaped to Sweden.
This book is recommened for adults to young adults who want to learn a little bit more about the history of Denmark during WWII.
Maria Hagen
I very much enjoyed this book as an adult. I might have enjoyed it as a child because World War II has always interested me. I very much liked the personal stories that wove in and out of the story though sometimes the characters were hard to follow. The continuation of each of the stories told throughout the book gave closure to the characters that I felt was lacking before I read that section.
This is an ageless book. I think anyone could pick it up, at almost any age, and take something from t
Ellen Levine’s book Darkness Over Denmark: The Danish Resistance and the Rescue of the Jews is the story of the people of Denmark and their stand against Nazi occupiers during World War II. Through a collection of individual and combined acts of courage and resistance, Levine highlights the Danes and the fight to save Danish Jews during Hitler’s reign. This book offers a history lesson of World War II accompanied by firsthand accounts of the Danes who lived it. The readers gets to relive the sto ...more
Jun 06, 2015 Jodi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: wwii
Well-written, informative, intriguing, inspiring, heart-wrenching. I learned so much and was utterly fascinated. This was a gripping account, and I didn't want to put it down. I feel like this is one of those books that needs an orchestral score to go along with it. I loved that there were so many firsthand accounts and memoirs included--they were the heart of the book. This should be a staple in one's WWII library.

This is a history book written for children. I loved reading it. I've been interested in learning more about the Danish Resistance for years, ever since a Danish woman I knew told us her memories of the occupation, and that Denmark had saved most of its Jews from Hitler's grasp. 95% of Denmark's Jewish population escaped, thanks to the efforts of the Danish population. There were more Danish policeman sent to concentration camps than Danish Jews. And most of the Danish Jews who were sent to Ther ...more
Megan Bevers
Reading about the Danish Resistance during WW2 certainly makes me proud to be Danish! From the the King of Denmark at the time to the majority of the Danish who helped and fought for their Jewish community, was very inspiring. I hope I can always be a light to those around me who need it.
What a wonderful part of World War II to read about!
The Danish people defended their citizens against the German onslaught, no matter their RACE, creed, position, or class. Through the efforts of the Danes nearly all of the 8,000 Jews in their populace were saved.
This account tells of heroic efforts, large, but mostly small, of those people who would not see their freedoms taken or their neighbors exterminated. I am so glad to have read about this piece of history. It left me with not a little
Did you know that the Danish people saved nearly the entire Jewish population of Denmark? I didn't either. Why is this story not told in our history classes when we discuss WWII and the Holocaust? This book details the actions taken in Denmark during the German occupation - how the Danish resistance was born, how the Danes decided as a people not to allow the deportation and extermination of their Jews, and how they stood up to the evil of the times. As the preface for this book states "the one ...more
Great tales about the Danish story of WWII. Startling stories of real life players of how the Danish population and the resistance worked brilliantly to say 'we won't put up with them' and made the German occupiers back down from rounding up all the Danes who also happened to be Jewish, and for those that were rounded up and sent to concentration camps, the Dames seemed to have managed to broker a deal with the Germans to ensure that not a single Dane was to be shipped out of Thereisenstadt. Abo ...more
Jan 10, 2009 Shannon rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those interested in WWII
Recommended to Shannon by: Rachel
If you're looking for a realistic picture of Danish Resistance, this is a really good book. Ellen Levine combines the testimonies of Danish people with enough history of WWII to give the context. I was fascinated by the unity of the Danish people as they responded to the horror of what really happened and stood in defense of oppressed and hunted people. The reader gets to see life during WWII in Denmark through the eyes of those who really lived it, people from elementary school age through adul ...more
I wanted to read this book because many of my ancestors come from Denmark.. and I'm always interested in World War II. This book was very inspiring to see how one country fought so hard against Hilter. I enjoyed it for a non-fiction.... I don't usually read non-fiction and it took me awhile to get into it.... it was written very report like...not a lot of character development or emotion... and it was hard to keep track of the characters because there were so many and the author skipped around b ...more
Hooray for a country that stood up for its citizens regardless the birth nationality. Hard to follow at times since there was some repetition and not always chronological. Cover-ups of the evil were ridiculous; the doers had to have been cognizant of their raucous, asinine, horrendous deeds. It was right to have real names and places and faces and short info at the end to follow lives after the war. Denmark and the people have my admiration.
I never made it to the Resistance Museum in Denmark so I picked up this book and read the stories of how few Danish Jews were executed by Hitler because of all the Danish people who came to their rescue ignoring the danger it posed to their families. Many were young mothers with little children. It made me wonder why this was the only Country who fought back and protected their own.
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Madeleine - 2 stars
I picked this up after hearing a local Jackson Hole resident and Danish citizen talk about her experiences in Denmark during the war.
While this would be a great book for a younger audience I think teen and up would better appreciate the well known Anne Frank Diary. It was a little stilted and kind of a slow read.
A good introduction to a part of World War II history that is often left out, especially in school, where we teach about Anne Frank, but not much about other parts of the Holocaust, that are just as accessible, and important. An important lesson about the Danish Resistance is that people can choose to work against oppression and "right" can win out over "might".
TCL Call #: J 940.53 Levine

I picked this up after hearing a local Jackson Hole resident and Danish citizen talk about her experiences in Denmark during the war.
While this would be a great book for a younger audience I think teen and up would better appreciate the well known Anne Frank Diary. It was a little stilted and kind of a slow read.
Having lived in Denmark for two years, I wanted to get a detailed history about what happened to the Danes during WWII. This book was phenominal is describing the events that brought Denmark into the war and how they dealt with the Nazis. I very good book about an inspiring people.
Great and not so great recollections of what life was like in Denmark under German occupation during World War II.

I purchased this book at The Holocaust Museum during a visit to Washington D.C. in 2002.
I really enjoy middle grade non-fiction. Loved the true story of Danish citizens choosing to be brave, inclusive, full of integrity. Inspiring.
Incredible collection of stories showing the efforts of the underground press and the sabotage against the Germans in WWII to protect Danish Jews.
Haley Rakestraw
wow this book was like o my goodness hitler really did this! its in the UA library i read it its soo like interesting yall should read it!
Kelly Ann
Very informative, but the writing is extremely choppy. It feels almost like the research paper of a sophomore in high school.
Allison West
Easy read. Informative. Fascinating. Brave Danes. Who knew?
Feb 05, 2013 Devorah marked it as to-read
Anyone know where i could download it for free. I'm working on a big project...
A great non-fiction teaching tool to go along with Number the Stars.
Important story; didn't love the writing style.
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Ellen Levine's books have won many awards and honors, including the Jane Addams Peace Award. Although she enjoys writing both fiction and nonfiction, most of Ellen's books for young readers have been nonfiction. "Writing nonfiction lets me in behind the scenes of the story. I enjoy learning new things and meeting new people, even if they lived 200 years ago."

Ellen Levine was born in New York City
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