Reichskulturkammer..."Swing tanzen verboten"

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Reichskulturkammer..."Swing tanzen verboten"

Post by Christoph Awender » 02 Sep 2002 12:01


Just found this sign! "Swing dancing forbidden"
On the one side a funny sign....on the other side scaring..

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Swing Tanzen Verboten

Post by Zapfenstreich » 02 Sep 2002 18:05


Actually this sort of thing was and is not unique to the Third Reich. There are several nations and cultures that have taken steps to legalistically prevent aspects of American/foreign influences from becoming part of their own culture.

In some ways you just can't blame them.


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Hey Christoph

Post by David C. Clarke » 02 Sep 2002 20:06

Hi Christoph, there was actually a movie about underground swing music in the Reich. From the movie, apparently the authorities took it seriously enough to incarcerate people over.
Strange times, but I guess that's why we find the Nazi's so....interesting, in a totalitarian sort of way.....
Cheers, David :roll:

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Post by Eva » 02 Sep 2002 20:18

The "Swing Kids" as the movie called them, were actually nothing more than a bunch of rich kids rebelling against society. Teenagers all over the world rebel, and this group was far less "anti-nazi" than the film would have you to believe. They just wanted to dance and have a good time. Unfortunately, the Nazis took offense because most of the music these kids danced to was forbidden in the Reich due to the artists being either black or Jewish. The movie (although still a favorite of mine), shows the "Swing Kids" actively resisting the establishment far more than they really did.
There were other groups of young people who were far more active in resistance, the White Rose and The Edelweiss Pirates to name a few.
I enjoy that sign, though :D

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