Thursday, March 30, 2006

Different ways of standing against evil

Back during World War II, wearing a paperclip could get you arrested in Norway. Wittingshire: Protests has the story behind that.


johng said...

Your title is a memorable one. How may different ways have we stood against evil in recent history? What ways do we have today? It's an important subject, one well worth teaching to children. Seeing the world morally is the foundation of any real education.

The book "Snow Treasure" (see review below) was also the subject of a 1968 movie, both still available according to Google. There are many tales to know about World War II. Norway supplies its stories of courage.

-----------review excerpt----------

For young readers, Snow Treasure presents a very authentic picture of the occupation experience in Norway. Where other authors may have been tempted to extend their discussion to the wider meanings associated with anti-Semitism, McSwigan keeps her eyes firmly focused on the issues of independence so salient to Norwegians at that time. All in all, Snow Treasure is an in-depth, well-written adventure certain to interest young scholars of Norwegian history

Kathryn Judson said...

johng, I didn't discover Snow Treasure until I was an adult -- within the last couple of years or so, actually. It's a wonderful story, and I've noticed it come up on other blogs as a favorite book. Luckily, some of these folks who claim it as a favorite book are home schooling, and using it for educating their kids. It's wonderful for addressing just the questions Amanda raises in her post at Wittingshire, because it hinges on people deciding how best to fight powerful and ruthless occupiers, emphasizing smarts and courage over just doing what feels good or looks heroic to your buddies. It's also nice because it's based on a true story.

To Fight in Silence by Eva-Lis Wuorio is entirely fictional, I think, but covers much the same ground.