Beth Shalom Movie Festival

December 24, 2020 Free 0
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Beth Shalom Movie Club

Watch this movie on Prime video between now and December 24th, and then join us on Zoom on Thursday night, December 24th, at 7:00 PM for a wonderful discussion about the movie.


Swing Kids is a story based on actual events that took place in Nazi Germany in the late 1930s. The terms “Swing Kids” refers to German young people who loved American swing music and distained the HJ, or Hitler Jugend.  The HJ movement was committed to nurturing young Nazis. The Swing Kids were committed to dancing and fun. They loved Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington. The movie depicts the ongoing tension between the rebellious Swings Kids and the HJs who try to persuade them to join the Nazi cause.

Beginning in 1937, jazz music and the records of certain artists were banned in Germany. During the war, Germans were forbidden from listening to music on foreign radio stations. The problem was that jazz was hard to regulate – just like teenagers.

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