There’s one truth about Children of the Resistance by Dugomier and illustrated by Ers that really gets me and it’s how much the story really grabs you. There’s so much emotion to it all and the reality of it has the ability to break your heart. The truth of the matter is that WWII–the leading up to it, the end, and everything in between–affected so many people. And while I personally do sometimes feel as though I see an overabundance of literature surrounding this subject sometimes, I can definitely say that there’s a lot of merit in reading about this subject. In the case of Children of the Resistance, learning more about the ways in which this war affected children, honing in on those in France and Polland, was incredible.
It’s funny to turn to how children think in times like this, fascinating in its own right. It’s also somewhat devastating. For so many young people to go through something like this, to experience all of the awful that comes alongside truly damaging people making decisions for countries and the world. Children of the Resistance follows three young kids in France as they navigate the changing world around them. Greman soldiers have invaded the country, sending countless fleeing and many more dead. And, as children, these three work to do the best they can in fighting back against the horrible invaders they now have to contend with.
Based on a number of real accounts from children who lived through these appalling and dangerous times, the graphic novel does an amazing and impressive job of portraying what it was like for many of the kids living in France at that time and for those fleeing the German soldiers and the war. The children take part in what little acts of resistance they are able, their innocence showing periodically throughout their defiance. And it’s amazing to see how resilient children can be in the dark and dangerous times they are unfortunately sometimes forced to live through.
I would definitely recommend this as a read for many others. It’s a great way to add to your knowledge of this shameful part of our world’s history and as it teaches you, you’re also left with a hope that there will always be good in the world in spite of the evil. I also see this graphic novel as a great way to get those who are younger interested in learning more about these events. The artwork is engaging, the children are relatable, and it’s all done quite tastefully. And I can say, unquestionably, that I’m a better person for reading it.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.