Gino Lucrezi (lucrezi@IINF01.ING.UNIVAQ.IT)
Tue, 15 Nov 1994 01:10:59 MET
> There were also many scouts and scouters in prisons and KZs. Naturally soon
> after the Nazis came to power, scouting and other youth-organizations were
> forbidden in Germany. Only the HJ was allowed and every boy had to join.
> Many scout-groups continued their meetings and work illegaly and when they
> were discovered, they had to suffer prison or even death.
In Italy, scouting was disbanded in two phases in 1927-28, after lots
of provocations from the "Balilla" in 1926. This didn't prevent the
"Aquile Randagie" (Wandering Eagles) and other groups to keep doing
some scout activities , in some cases just until the fall of
Mussolini. Many eventually joined Partisan groups, of course.
Fortunately, in 15 years of "Giungla Silente" there are no recorded
cases of captures of underground scouts (but lots of beatings of
former ones suspected of going on).
A book telling the story of many such groups is "Storia dello
Scoutismo in Italia", by Mario Sica (who was recently awarded the
Bronze Wolf), of course in Italian.
Some news about Giulio Cesare "Bad Boy" Uccellini and the Aquile
Randagie can also be found in "Scouting Around the World", by J.S.
Gino Lucrezi @ Universita` "V. Rivera" - L'Aquila - Italy
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