While the historical relevance is nearly ruined by a mawkish Hollywood ending that feels shoehorned in to soften the blow of the evil of it all, the themes of Swing Kids and the choices all the characters must make will resonate with modern audiences. Sure, there are concentration camps out there somewhere, but that has nothing to do with normal, ordinary people who behave themselves. Sometimes they whistled the first notes of a well-known Swing melody, as the Harlem in Frankfurt or Goody-Goody in Hanover. They were regulars at parties all over town. German youngsters living in Nazi Germany were blissfully unaware that their rebel-prone nature might land them in concentration camps. However, in general, Improvisation and talented creativity was the order of the day.
The Nazis expected all Germans to conform to their rules and teachings. I think all actors especially Robert Sean Leonard did an amazing acting job. That Herbert Schemmel did finally recover his records tells us much about the persecution of the members of the swing movement. These cliques begin their activities out of a selfish impulse to amuse themselves, but rapidly deteriorate into anti-social criminal gangs. In 1944, thousands of German army officers and ordinary Germans were accused of being involved in the plot to kill Hitler shown in the recent movie Valkyrie.
What made the elders mad, made them happy. As the above example demonstrates, the Swing Kids were fully justified in their low opinion of some Hitler Youth boys. The Hamburg Churchill Club and the Anthony Swingers after British Secretary of State Anthony Eden are good examples. Many Swings were imprisoned and killed for resisting the Nazis rigid control over social culture in Germany. We improvised all sorts of things.
And Thomas knew his friend did the right thing. Some of the members were apparentky involved in the , but we cannot yet confirm this. During 1939, the National Socialist Party newsmagazine for the Hamburg District, Hamburger Gaunachrichten, featured an outline caricature of a girl Swingateer dancing provocatively in a very revealing, short dress. The timeless characteristic of youth in this age category is one of experimentation and defiance of social convention. Actual American-style sweaters were extremely rare, especially those of angora or cashmere.
Doch einst wird es wahr, was bisher nur Spuk. Reluctantly, he joins the Hitler Youth and Thomas , not wanting his friend to go through this alone, also joins to keep his friend company. I don't know how anyone can watch this movie and say it's not a good film. The enormous cost of this illicit lifestyle was met by criminal resort to petty theft and music store burglaries. The Swing Kids faced mass arrests during the time and those caught were sent back to school with close monitoring or to concentration camps for punishment. Because of evacuation methods necessitated by wartime conditions, these cliques have now been scattered from their rooting grounds. Jazz und Swing im Nationalsozialismus.
The entire movie, while maybe not entirely historically accurate, is still an amazing film. You can't really say the movie isn't accurate, because none of you is Peter. The slang of the German Swing Kids incorporated as many Americanisms or English phrases as possible. Potomac: Potomac Books Inc, 2002. Some clubs wore collar-studs stuck under and over coat lapels.
The boys went to the Moringen concentration camp while the girls were sent to Ravensbruck. The Nazis oppressed their own people too -- depriving them of basic freedoms such as the right to protest against their government. The music is like a whole nother character. Many of the facts and stories in my article came from his work. In reality, there is no such thing as a pure race of people - all are mixed in some way.
Der Ober brachte verschiedene Getraenke, doch keines war vom guten alten Wein. It's not the big picture. The Swing Kids showed their opposition to the Nazis through a counter culture of behavior, clothing, music, and dance. Many faced massive restriction on their personal freedoms in Germany and this angered them to fight against it. Robert Sean Leonard's portrayal of this moral struggle for understanding and courage is very moving. Apart from the racial aspect emphasised by the Nazis, the case against Jazz was essentially that it was the antithesis of the high culture beloved by the high bourgeoisie of Europe, Britain and America. So here we have four chief characters that pretty much represent probably the most basic attitudes of German citizens during the war: Brainwashed, aware, torn in between, and indifferent.
They disliked the spontaneity and informality of jazz music and dance, its lack of academic respectability, its sometimes vulgar lyrics and its disdain for accepted musical conventions. But what were the real swing youth of Germany actually like? The overall story is told pretty well here. Some of the swing youth were known for having a causal attitude towards sex, and many assumed this was part of their swing parties. Let's go shelling where they're dwelling, shelling Nanette, Fifi and Lulu. For the pleasure of it. There are some streetfights, brawls, and boxing matches in which characters are shown getting beaten and bloodied. All of us are here, except of those who are in 'Florida'.