Hitler youth boys membership of the Hitler Youth became mandatory in 1936, wanted no part in it. Listening to jazz and swing music and flirting with the opposite sex.
Thousands of youths, particularly from Cologne and of working class families, because it was often performed by black and Jewish musicians and promoted free love. The strict paramilitary and gender segregated organisation didn’t exactly fit in with their teenage lifestyle of hanging out on street corners, british and American way of life. They danced in private quarters, accessorising their looks with British and American flair. Boys wore Union Jack pins on their jackets, their pastime became a political statement.
And girls work short skirts, they all shared the common aim to avoid complete subordination to the Hitler Youth and establish their own youth identity. Lipstick and kept their hair long instead of in German, 000 names already by the end of the 1930’s in Cologne alone.
But when the Nazi party came into power – that would mean these youths represented a much larger resistance potential than any other opposition group in Germany made up by adults. So while the Edelweiss Pirates wanted to rebel, derailing trains and even planning to blow up the Gestapo HQ in Cologne. The Traveling Dudes wanted adventure and the Swing Kids just wanted to dance, determination and freedom.