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These rebellious teens resisted the Nazis by beating up Hitler Youth, and some paid with their lives. They also liked singing and country outings.

These rebellious teens resisted the Nazis by beating up Hitler Youth, and some paid with their lives. They also liked singing and country outings.

edelweiss5The Anti-Nazi Teen Gang that Beat Up Hitler Youth and Danced to Jazz

edelweiss5The Anti-Nazi Teen Gang that Beat Up Hitler Youth and Danced to Jazz

Jean Jülich (right, with guitar) and his fellow Edelweiss Pirates

Jean Jülich (right, with guitar) and his fellow Edelweiss Pirates

The Edelweiss Pirates was an association of a number of youth movements who opposed Nazi rule. Primarily opposed to the Hitler Youth Movement. The Edelweiss Pirates went on hiking and camping trips defying restrictions on movement and sung banned blues or Jazz songs. During WW2 they collected and distributed British anti-Nazi propaganda.

The Edelweiss Pirates was an association of a number of youth movements who opposed Nazi rule. Primarily opposed to the Hitler Youth Movement. The Edelweiss Pirates went on hiking and camping trips defying restrictions on movement and sung banned blues or Jazz songs. During WW2 they collected and distributed British anti-Nazi propaganda.

The Edelweißpiraten..."Edelweiss Pirates".  Old enough to skip out of Hitler Youth and young enough to avoid military conscription, this group of Western German kids sang anti-Nazi songs, assisted military deserters, and collected pamphlets dropped by the Allies.

The Edelweißpiraten..."Edelweiss Pirates". Old enough to skip out of Hitler Youth and young enough to avoid military conscription, this group of Western German kids sang anti-Nazi songs, assisted military deserters, and collected pamphlets dropped by the Allies.

An execution of Edelweiss Pirates a group that opposed Hitler. Ambushed Hitler Youth members, collected Allied propaganda and posted them in Germany. They also helped Allied bombers escape

An execution of Edelweiss Pirates a group that opposed Hitler. Ambushed Hitler Youth members, collected Allied propaganda and posted them in Germany. They also helped Allied bombers escape

The Edelweiss Pirates...were an anti-Nazi youth and resistance group who often clashed with Hitler Youth and the Gestapo.  Many were executed by the Gestapo. - Click image to find more History Pinterest pins

The Edelweiss Pirates...were an anti-Nazi youth and resistance group who often clashed with Hitler Youth and the Gestapo. Many were executed by the Gestapo. - Click image to find more History Pinterest pins

The origins of the Edelweißpiraten can be traced to the period immediately prior to World War II, as the state-controlled Hitler Youth was mobilized to serve the state, at the expense of the leisure activities previously offered to young people. This tension was exacerbated once the war began and youth leaders were conscripted. In contrast, the Edelweißpiraten offered young people considerable freedom to express themselves and to mingle with members of the opposite sex,

The origins of the Edelweißpiraten can be traced to the period immediately prior to World War II, as the state-controlled Hitler Youth was mobilized to serve the state, at the expense of the leisure activities previously offered to young people. This tension was exacerbated once the war began and youth leaders were conscripted. In contrast, the Edelweißpiraten offered young people considerable freedom to express themselves and to mingle with members of the opposite sex,

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