Swing Kids

1076 WordsJul 10, 20135 Pages
Swing Kids Before and during World War II was a tough time to live in Nazi Germany. The new laws and way of life during this period affected society of all ages in numerous different ways. New political and social groups were formed both to support and oppose the Nazi and the Gestapo leaders. One of these groups was known as the Swing Kids who listened to Jewish and black swing music and danced at illegal clubs against the Nazis. The movie, “Swing Kids”, explains this group of teenagers. The movie opens in Hamburg, Germany in the year of 1939. Three best friends are taking a walk and see gestapo officers chasing a Jewish man until he jumps to his death at a nearby bridge. Although the boys are not necessarily supportive of the…show more content…
Next, in the movie, the Swing Kids preform in dance in the café Bismarck. The viewer may be interested in finding out if this had anything to do with Otto von Bismarck. He was a German Statesman who was one of the main figures of the unification of Germany in 1871. Hitler was also trying to unify Germany, so it is interesting that he is mentioned. I could not find any information on this café where the Swing Kids danced and preformed, so this may be a fiction part of the story. Also, Sudetenland was mentioned. Germany did take over Sudetenland during this time. Sudetenland was located in Czechoslovakia and was taken over by the Germans. The Germans took over this area because most of the population was ethnic Germans, and they wanted these Germans back in Germany. In 1938 the territories of Sudetenland were divided. This fits the time period of the Swing Kids movie that happened in the 1930s. There are some inaccuracies in the movie “Swing Kids” to keep it appealing to the viewers of today. The characters Peter and Thomas are fiction characters and their stories are fiction. These were not real Swing Kids who became HJ members; however there were many stories like this. A lot of the other characters in this movie were also fiction, except a lot of the musicians that were mentioned from the United States and Britain. Another one of the inaccuracies is the clothing of the Swing Kids. The movie portrays them as not very
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