Swing Kids

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In 1939, Nazi Germany declared war on the freedom of its youth in Germany. But a group arose from the battlefields of war. They were called the “Swing Kids”. This was a group of youth children that rebel toward the Nazi’s with their swing music that originated in America. With this new era of swing music extra punishment was put toward the youth from the Nazi’s. Kids all over the world rebelled against this Nazi stand. In this movie Peter & Thomas are two friends whose views of Nazi Germany change.

Before Hitler Youth the three main characters Peter, Thomas, And Arvid were the best of friends. They always hung out together. The group of friends went to swing parties at the dance hall and just had a good time together. During the day they would go to arvid’s house to go listen to old records and try and guess what it is, just for fun. Arvid was a cripple, and Peter made fun of him for it. The two boys Arvid & Peter always bickered about him being crippled. But Thomas would always be there for his friend when he was being made fun of. In the beginning of the movie the three boys always joked about the HJ (Hitler Youth). They commented saying “Hitler Youth is just a bunch of pansies and that they are unfair to the people who wanted to have fun”.

As the movie continued Peter got into a predicament that got him sent into the camp. Peter and Thomas decided to go to a local shop and steal a radio back that was stolen from the Nazis. One of the boys distracts the storeowner while the other goes in and takes the radio. They ran out the store with the storeowner screaming for help as the boys ran away with the radio. As they ran down an alley the Gestapo’s were chasing Peter and Thomas. Thomas who was a faster runner jumped into the back of a truck and made it out safely while Thomas didn’t make it out of the chase in time. Once peter was caught he was forced to join the HJ. On the first day of Peters new HJ School he sees his friend Thomas in uniform in the...
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