Edelweiss Pirates

WCH E4: Anti-Nazi youth movements in World War II

A group of Edelweiss Pirates

An interview with historian Nick Heath about anti-Nazi youth cultural movements in fascist Europe before and during World War II. In particular we look at the German Edelweiss Pirates and Swing Kids, the French Zazous and the Austrian Schlurfs.

Eternal War on the Hitler Youth - The Edelweiss Pirates 1938 - 1945

A group of Edelweiss Pirates

An account of the resistance to the Nazi regime by dissident youths who formed gangs to combat the Nazi party and its youth organisations.

Opposition and resistance in Nazi Germany

Group of Edelweiss Pirates being executed, Cologne 10 November 1944

Pamphlet offering a snapshot of some elements of the resistance to Nazism in Germany before and during World War II. It is not a comprehensive account and has some important omissions, discussed in the comments below.

Schmitz, Hans, 1914-2007

Hans Schmitz

A short biography of German anarcho-syndicalist, militant anti-fascist and conscript to the Wehrmacht, Hans Schmitz.

The Edelweiss Pirates, 1939-1945

Edelweiss Pirates

An account of the Edelweiss Pirates, a World War II era German anti-Nazi movement of working class youth who fought against the regime.

Interview with an Edelweiss Pirate - Walter Mayer

Edelweiss Pirates in Cologne.

Transcript of a short interview with Walter Mayer, a member of the German youth anti-Nazi organisation, the Edelweiss Pirates.