Swingkids in Berlin from 1933 – 1945: .. of populism, manipulation, compromise and civil disobedience – in 1933 jazz was actually on the index! The music was defamed according to all the rules of racism. Nevertheless, she was an integral part of the Berlin entertainment! Never comprehensively forbidden, here partly even officially promoted, there was some confusion. But there was a big-city youth that loved the music and the dance and did not agree with the new circumstances, the Swingkids. What should a jazz life look like in the circumstances?
Although the term only became known here in 1936, it was Swing in 1933 – this was neither a march nor a step in the right direction. The music conveyed a casual, elegant attitude to life, individualistic and non-conformist, a touch of freedom! Because it was not compatible with the official Nazi ideology, it was from the beginning acted as an integral part of both the active and the passive resistance. The Swingkids participated to a very different degree in active resistance and, almost independently, were also opposed by the corresponding Nazi henchmen nationwide very different means. In Berlin, jazz was now also the official repertoire of entertainment! What could be left over from the original music?
Here the Swingkids called themselves Swings, and especially in the New West they and their dances shaped the picture, eccentric and extravagant. Who were they, and what did the Swingkids do in the special case of Berlin?
Also see: ALL DARK – Friedrichstadt