Teens in Germany began an alternative youth movement to protest the Hitler Youth that they were forced to join.
Kids as young as
were part of the Swing culture.
The rebellious teens defied the Hitler Youth and Nazi Regime with phrases like this.
They held private underground parties in clubs and cafes,
Jazz and music alike was banned in Germany beginning in 1937. German kids were also forbidden to listen to music on foreign radio stations.
The connection between jazz and African-American and Jewish musicians was considered degenerate by the Nazi State.
Kids were arrested in just the first police operation against the teens, which almost completely shut down the first wave of Swingjugend.
Günter Discher was the leader of the second wave of Swingjugend, and was arrested in 1943 and deported to the Moringen concentration camp. Discher survived the war, unlike other Swing Kids who were also deported.
"For us kids back then swing music was a certain way of life, swing music meant unlimited freedom. We were looking for a-rockin’ thing."
Günter was one of the many German children who not only danced to Jazz illegally, but adopted the American way of style, speech, and culture.
These kids grew their hair out, wore American clothes, and weren't afraid to get caught doing it.