“How brave are you,
It is 1943, and for Annemarie Johansen life in Copenhagen
is a complicated mix of ordinary home and school time, food shortages, and the constant
presence of Nazi soldiers marching through town. Bravery seems a vague
virtue—one possessed by dragon-slaying knights in the bed-time stories she
tells her younger sister, Kristi.
As the German troops begin their campaign to “relocate”
all the Jews of Denmark, the Johansens take in Annemarie’s best friend, Ellen
Rosen, and pretend she is part of the family. The girls live like sisters,
until it becomes clear that something more needs to be done to save Ellen, her
family, and the rest of the country’s Jews.
In this tale of an entire nation’s heroism, the story of
the Danish Resistance and their plan to smuggle the entire Jewish population of
Denmark—nearly seven thousand people—across the sea to Sweden is told with
pride and hope through one young girl’s eyes.
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