18th January 2011

Photo reblogged from greatest generation with 69 notes

greatestgeneration:

The Edelweiss Pirates
An underground youth movement in Germany that started as an alternative to the state camping movement before the Nazis came to power. When the campers were incorporated into the Hitler Youth, these kids resisted.
Part beatnik, part hipster, part jazz-loving zoot suit, these kids were also known to beat up and ambush Hitler Youth rallies and patrols.
They were characterized as street gangs, but this was only true when the govt forced them underground, mainly in the outlaw town of Cologne. Many were imprisoned or hung during the war.
The Pirates embodied  what was once a freedom loving society, and their counter-culture movement was a alternative resistance in itself: they stayed cool.

greatestgeneration:

The Edelweiss Pirates

An underground youth movement in Germany that started as an alternative to the state camping movement before the Nazis came to power. When the campers were incorporated into the Hitler Youth, these kids resisted.

Part beatnik, part hipster, part jazz-loving zoot suit, these kids were also known to beat up and ambush Hitler Youth rallies and patrols.

They were characterized as street gangs, but this was only true when the govt forced them underground, mainly in the outlaw town of Cologne. Many were imprisoned or hung during the war.

The Pirates embodied what was once a freedom loving society, and their counter-culture movement was a alternative resistance in itself: they stayed cool.

Tagged: WWIIHistoryYouth