The Edelweiss Pirates...were an anti-Nazi youth and resistance group who often clashed with Hitler Youth and the Gestapo. Many were executed by the Gestapo.
Meeting of "Edelweiss Pirates" from Wermelskirchen and Cologne-Sülz early 1940s
Walter MeyerBorn:1927, Kassel, Germanyhis personal story Describes activities of members of the Edelweiss Pirates in Duesseldorf, Germany
The Edelweiss Pirates were loosely-organized youths who emerged throughout Germany to rebel against Nazism. They avoided joining the Hitler Youth or being conscripted by leaving school at age 14. They were highly antagonistic to the Hitler Youth, taking pride in beating them up. Their free spirit set them apart. They supported the Allies and deserters from the German army and distributed propaganda leaflets dropped from Allied aircraft. They were also opposed to Allied authority after the…
Execução pública dos líderes do grupo Edelweiss Piraten em Colônia, 1944. Foto: Rue des Archives. ID: RDA00020036/00023941
The Edelweiss Pirates...were an anti-Nazi youth and resistance group who often clashed with Hitler Youth and the Gestapo. Many were executed by the Gestapo. - Click image to find more History Pinterest pins
Edelweiss Pirates - Subgroups of the Edelweißpiraten included the Navajos, centred on Cologne, the Kittelbach Pirates of Oberhausen and Düsseldorf, and the Roving Dudes of Essen. According to one Nazi official in 1941, "Every child knows who the Kittelbach Pirates are. They are everywhere; there are more of them than there are Hitler Youth... They beat up the patrols... They never take no for an answer."