Rachel Wadham


Outstanding, Intermediate, Young Adult, Patricia McCormick, World War II, Hitler, Assassination, Holocaust, Ethics, War, Religion, Nonfiction

Document Type

Book Review


Dietrich Banhoeffer, a pastor and staunch pacifist, faces dark times when his beloved country is thrust into war. A devote of Gandhi, Banhoeffer believes that peaceful means can end destruction, but as the atrocities are revealed the only logical path is violence. With their path chosen, Banhoeffer and his associates conspire to get information about what is happening in Germany out to the world while developing plans to assassinate Hitler. It soon becomes clear that sharing the evidence of hate is having little impact and when several assassination attempts go awry, allowing the enemy to flush them out, Banhoeffer and his cohorts realize that it is likely they will give their lives for their cause.