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Trevor Blake: Edelweißpiraten

Did you ever hear about the “Edelweißpiraten” (‘Edelweiss Pirates‘)? Low-income boy (and girl) street gangs in Nazi Germany who smoked, drank, camped, hiked, listened to jazz, had sex and beat up Hitler Youth for fun, not ‘for class struggle’ or ‘anti-fascist’ reasons. There were hundreds to thousands of them and a dozen or so were hung in public as a warning to the rest. But you sure don’t hear about them now. Those youngsters weren’t ‘clean’ in the way that the White Rose group was.