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Munich, Germany 1942—Hans Scholl never intended to get his younger sister involved in an underground resistance. When Sophie Scholl finds out, she insists on joining Hans and his close friends in writing and distributing anti-Nazi leaflets entitled, The White Rose. The young university students call out to the German people, begging them to not allow their consciences to b ...more
Published February 22nd 2016 by The White Rose Press
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Annie Hawthorne
I picked up this book with high hopes and, happily, it did not disappoint.

The WWII era is one of my favorite historical periods, I’ve been planning on reading more books with male protagonists, sibling relationships make me happy, and the German resistance is something I know little of but am curious about.

Resist covers all those bases and then some.

It’s a book about war and coming of age and struggling against tyranny and the age-old battle of good and evil. At its heart Resist is the story of
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Olivia
*Warning: I finished this book right before I went to bed...thus it took me ages to go to sleep because I was re-thinking this book for so long!

Such a powerful book. I expected it to be and it was. I'm so happy that a got a chance to read this...and it was neat seeing the snippets in the book that I saw on the authors blog. When I first heard about Sophie and Han's Scholl awhile back I knew I wanted to read more about them. People who die for the truth make my heart ache. My stomach had that kno
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Marquise
4.5 stars rounded up.

As World War II is one of the periods I'm versed in, the protagonist of this historical novel was someone familiar to me: Hans Scholl, one of the civilians who disagreed with the Nazi regime and founded The White Rose resistance group with a few friends with the goal of undermining the government morally. Despite being known to people with an interest in WWII history, his story was never well spread by the media or got to the average reader, and as far as I'm aware of, he wa
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Hannah
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: all-time-favs
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Suzannah
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel handicapped in reviewing this book as I actually know very little about the White Rose, beyond having read some of their leaflets, Inge Scholl's brief book, and adoring the film Sophie Scholl: The Final Days. So I can't tell you much about the extent to which this story has been fictionalised. From what I can tell, however, this story hews pretty close to the history in telling Hans Scholl's story through his own eyes. It's a gutwrenching, challenging, moving story, told with great passio ...more
Meghan Gorecki
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Amazing part biography, part story of Hans Scholl, shedding light on his work for the resistance against the Third Reich in WWII. An engaging, intense read, Ms. Putzke has crafted an incredibly vivid and accurate book that I could not put down. Not only does it beautifully honor the memory of Hans Scholl, his family and friends and their work for the resistance, it is a stellar, expertly written book you do not want to miss.
Susanna Olson
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hans and Sophie Scholl have been heroes of mine since I studied Nazi Germany for an NHD project in high school. Their story is powerful and inspirational, but also very complex, sad, and difficult to handle. If you have never heard of the White Rose Society you MUST read this book as a beautiful introduction to them and their ideas. This book is well written and flows smoothly, but it is also well researched and accurate.

Two points to note:

1. This book is NOT a biography and shouldn't be treat
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Tirzah Eleora
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what an inspiring story!

Resist tells the story of Hans and Sophie Scholl, two German youth who stand up to the evils of the Nazi Third Reich in the face of all odds. If you've never heard of them this book is a great introduction. It's fairly brief and engagingly written, and it contains excerpts of English translations of the anti-Nazi leaflets the Scholl siblings helped pen. It was a little hard for me to get into initially, as the passage of events seemed choppily written and the dialog
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Ekaterina
Wow! This is an incredible book and an incredible story.
"Long live freedom!"
Emily
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You know those books that just leave you in a daze, staring at a wall before finally closing the book, still feeling like you're inside the characters' world? This is one of those books. I'm in awe of Emily Ann Putzke's beautiful writing, and her talent to capture what life would have been like in 1940s Germany so perfectly and detailed.

It took me a long time to get into this book - took me a little over than a week to finish, which is rare for a reader like me. That said, I'm almost glad I took
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Jesseca Wheaton
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist
Whoa. I don't have words to describe what this book did to me.
Up until the last 1/3 of the book or so, I was planning on giving it a 4 star rating, simply because there was some language. Not a lot (and I had been warned before hand), but I also just couldn't seem to connect with the characters. I also knew how this book would end from the research I have done about this time in history, so I might have been unintentionally trying my best not to connect with them.
And than I hit the ending. A
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Hanna-col
It was with mixed feelings of excitement and dread that I read "Resist" by Emily Ann Putzke— excitement that I was finally able to read it and dread that it wouldn’t live up to my high expectations. I needn’t have worried. Once again, Miss Putzke has delivered another solid piece of historical fiction, only this time it’s a true story.

The story of Hans and Sophie Scholl was unfamiliar to me before I read about them on the author’s blog. Their outstanding courage and steadfastness to their beli
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Lydia Prislovsky
I literally have no words to describe this book. It is absolutely fabulous in every way!

In her new book, RESIST, Putzke beautifully portrays the heart and soul of the legendary White Rose resistance group; a brother, sister, and their friends who dared to defy the evil of their age: Hitler's Third Reich.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) once said, "Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act."

In June of 1942, Hans Sc
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Hailey Rose
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emily took the lives of Hans and Sophie Scholl and brought them to life in a beautiful, realistic manner that pulls the reader into their terrifying world of Nazi Germany. This is not at all a light read; be prepared to cry. :)

Plot/Storyline: 4/5
Since Resist is about real people’s lives, there wasn’t much of a “typical” plotline. However, it wasn’t needed, as the lives of the Scholl’s and their friends was exciting enough without a typical fiction plot.

Characters: 4/5
I felt like some of the cha
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Robert DeBard
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: resist
Unique Look

Ms. Putzke presents an original perspective on Nazi atrocities during World War II. Instead of blood and guts, she delivers the attack on the human mind that was the Third Reich. Her compelling protagonist Hans Scholl narrates this true story from the point of view of young intellectuals living under German oppression of free thinking. The theme of the need for truth in confronting propaganda is relevant in our own society today. The relationships between friends, and especially Hans
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Esther Filbrun
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Resist is a gripping story. I loved reading about Hans Scholl’s life from the time when he was young and involved in the Hitler Youth through to his eventual death at the hands of the same government he once fully supported.

After seeing the cruelty done to all those the Nazis deemed inferior, Hans realizes he has a choice—either let the evil continue without hindrance, or speak up and say what is right, even if it means giving up his life. He knows that the day of reckoning will come, and when i
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Lavonna Phillips
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was very refreshing reading this historical fictional narrative from Hans' perspective. I think Ms. Putzke did a great job in conveying the characters spirit and her writing of this familiar story didn't leave me bored. I still wanted to hear the political discussions amongst th he group members, the teasing about love from Sophie and the precarious moments leading up to the arrest. Well done and recommended retelling of young, brave souls! I would recommend this book to any lover of history ...more
Ana
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ever since reading Corrie ten Boom's The Hiding Place, I have become interested in resistance efforts during the World Wars, and was excited to dive into Emily Ann Putzke's newest novel about the White Rose resistance movement.

What stands out most to me about Resist is how seamlessly the historical detail is incorporated into the story. Not once did I get pulled out of the story by a lack or an excess of historical detail-a fact that I didn't realize until I finished the book because I was so de
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Katy
I received an ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review :)

I'm more than slightly obsessed with the Resistance groups that formed in opposition to Hitler during WWII, and so I am very familiar with the White Rose and especially Hans and Sophie Scholl, the lead characters of Resist. Therefore, my expectations were pretty high. And this book went above and beyond every single one of them.

For starters, the characters were absolutely amazing. I'd already fallen madly in love with Hans
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Kathleen Dziok
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Resist” gives a captivating and intimate look into the lives of the people behind the distribution of “The White Rose” leaflets and their personal thoughts about the war and the German regime from those who could not outwardly oppose, but intellectually fought Hitler and the destruction of Europe. This story is well-written and pulls the reader into the every day lives and operations of this small group of men and women who were passionate about protecting their fellow man, and gave “truth” a l ...more
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Emily Ann Putzke is a young novelist, historical reenactor, and history lover. She's the author of It Took a War, Resist, Sweet Remembrance, and co-author of Ain't We Got Fun.
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