Churchill Club

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The Churchill Club (Danish: Churchill-klubben) was a group of eight teenage schoolboys from Aalborg Cathedral School in the north of Jutland who performed acts of sabotage against the Germans during the occupation of Denmark in the Second World War.

The Churchill Club was probably the earliest resistance group to be formed in Denmark. Under the leadership of 17-year-old Knud Pedersen, their activities began at the end of 1941 when they began to target the German occupation forces in Aalborg as a result of the German treatment of occupied Norway. They succeeded in carrying out 25 acts of sabotage before they were arrested by the police in May 1942.[1] Even after imprisonment, they managed to escape at night to continue their sabotage activities.[2]

Knud Pedersen has written four books about the Churchill Club: Churchillklubben (1946); Breve fra fængslet (1964); Sidste krigsår (1966); and Sagen om Churchillklubben fortalt gennem kilder (1979). All were republished in an omnibus edition in 2005.

The popular 1991 movie The Boys from St. Petri or Drengene Fra Sankt Petri is based on the Churchill Club but goes beyond the facts of the case.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Per Eilstrup, Lars Lindeberg, De så de ske under Besættelsen. Gå til modstand. Forlaget Union. Copenhagen. 1969.
  2. ^ Fængselstiden from Churchill-klubben website. Retrieved 23 April 2008.
  3. ^ The Boys From St Petri, New York Times. Retrieved 23 April 2008.

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Bibliography[edit]

  • Pedersen, Knud, 1946: Churchillklubben
  • Pedersen, Knud, 1964: Breve fra fængslet
  • Pedersen, Knud, 1966: Sidste krigsår
  • Pedersen, Knud, 1979: Sagen om Churchillklubben fortalt gennem kilder
  • Pedersen, Knud, 2005: Bogen om Churchill-klubben : Churchill-klubben, Breve fra fængslet, Sidste krigsår, Sagen om Churchill-klubben (omnibus edition of previous books: 627 pages). Copenhagen: Lindhardt og Ringhof