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A Troubled Peace

cover_troubled.gifUnder a War-torn Sky and A Troubled Peace tell the story of a B-24 bomber pilot who survives bailing out over Nazi-occupied France and then returns, following liberation, to find a young Resistance boy who saved him. Other recommended reading and films, focusing on the war against Hitler, include the following:

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank; Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli; Night by Elie Wiesel (for 14 and older)

The American experience:
 Across a War-tossed Sea by L. M. Elliott, The Last Mission by Harry Mazer; Don’t You Know There’s a War On? by Avi; 
The Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene; Homefront by Doris Gwaltney; The War Outside by Monica Hesse; Code Girls by Liza Mundy 

 Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein (14 and older); Number the Stars by Lois Lowry; Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop; Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan; For Freedom: the Story of a French Spy by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley; The Boys from St. Petri by Bjarne Reuter; Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse 

The German experience: 
Soldier Boys by Dean Hughes; Soldier X by Don L. Wulffson; The Book Thief by Markus Zusak; The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti; Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

 Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti; 
The Good Fight: How WWII was Won by Stephen Ambrose; 
Vive La France: the French Resistance during WWII by Robert Green; A Thousand Sisters by Elizabeth Wein

 The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys who Flew the B-24s over Germany by Stephen Ambrose; A Wing and a Prayer by Harry H. Crosby (for high school readers)

Resistance memoirs (for high school readers):
 The Autobiography of The Woman the Gestapo Called the White Mouse by Nancy Wake; The Diary and Memoir of Virginia Albert-Lake (American in French Resistance); Outwitting the Gestapo by Lucie Aubrac

Photo collections: Lee Miller’s War (Allied war correspondent/photographer, 1944-45); Life: Our Finest Hour, the Triumphant Spirit of the WWII Generation

For high school readers: 
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky; The Blood of Others by Simone de Beauvoir; Catch-22 by Joseph Heller; The Great Escape by Paul Brickhill; Madame Fourcade's Secret War by Lynne Olson, D-Day Girls by Sarah Rose; Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly; A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France by Carolline Moorehead 


Films (be forewarned: all are frank their coverage of war events and violence): 

Bombers and crews: Twelve O’Clock HighMemphis Belle (PG); Tuskegee Airmen (PG-13)

Resistance: Charlotte Gray (PG-13); Paris Underground; Julia (PG); Valkyrie (PG-13)

Civilians: Casablanca: The Best Years of our Lives; Au Revoir, Les Enfants (PG)

Holocaust: Life is Beautiful (PG-13); Lacombe, Lucein; the miniseries Holocaust (starring Meryl Streep); TV movie Playing for Time (Vanessa Redgrave); The PianistSchneider's List

Combat: Saving Private Ryan (R); Patton (PG); The Longest Day (G); The Great Escape (PG)

 PBS/Ken Burns The WarAnne Frank RememberedThe Eye of Vichy: France’s Shocking Collaboration with the NazisSecret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers During WWII.