Monday, April 23, 2007

From Harlem to Hamburg: the cultural resistance to Nazism by German youth

Swing Dancers
Originally uploaded by kittycat.
In pre-World War II Germany, Swing music becomes the underground movement of many young people. Two high school students attempt to be Swing Kids by night and Hitler Youth by day. The impact of this decision is felt acutely by their friends and families. A seemingly charming but intimidating view of Germany's Nazification.

Another summary from

Kids all over the world and all through time want to rebel. Peter Muller (Robert Sean Leonard) and Thomas Berger (Christian Bale) are two such young men. Their rebellion against the conformity of Nazi Germany took the form of a love of American swing music, British fashion, and Harlem slang. But when an innocent prank forces Peter into the Hitler Youth, their friendship and their loyalties are put to the test against the seductive power of Nazism.

This week in our study of Germany; the powerful movie Swing Kids.

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