Swing Kids

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Swing Kids
1. Hamburg, Germany. 1939.
The main character, a young, German man named Peter Muller, was very traumatized by what the Nazi's and Gestapo (the terrorist political police of the Nazi regime founded by Hermann Göring, whose purpose was to persecute all political opponents of the Nazi regime) did to his father. Over the course of the movie, Peter went through a change; he saw his father in a new light, and realized what really mattered in the world around him. Peter's father was a violinist and professor at the university. He spoke out against the expulsion of the Jewish professors and the entire Nazi movement. Because of this, one night, in the middle of dinner, he was taken away by the Gestapo. He was brought back home
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A change was also seen in Thomas. Like Arvid, Thomas was an extremist. He began as a die-hard, live to party, swing kid then changed into a die-hard, "we are superior", Nazi. Thomas was the rebellious type, because of the way his father treated him. He wanted to rebel against, and get back at his father because his father thought of him as a misfit that would not amount to anything. His father hated Hitler and the Nazis and always spoke out against them, although only while in the comfort of his own home. As time passed and Thomas was exposed to more and more of the Nazi propaganda he began to believe it. He reported his father (they were required to report to their superiors anything someone did or said that was against the regime or Hitler), which more than likely meant death or torture for his father. He said also, "Arvid was a cripple…He didn't belong," after Arvid's death. Thomas had turned into a Nazi.
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A subculture is a part of society that has different ways of doing things that stray from the dominant or mainstream culture. It can sometimes be described as a stereotype. Its members have little commitment to the category. A subculture is different from the dominant culture, but is not necessarily seen as bad, and is generally seen as "okay" with the rest of the dominant culture. It's members still function as a part of

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