Re: Edelweisspiraten (translation)
Jim Hermann (jhermann@AIS.NET)
Thu, 17 Nov 1994 19:24:35 -0600
>>I would like to know what Edelweisspiraten translates to in
>>I know Edelweiss is a small white alpine flower.
>>I know piraten can mean pirates.
>that's it. Edelweisspirates!
>It has nothing to do with noble and wise in the first place, because the
>word was originally used by the Gestapo and HJ as discriminating name for
>youth gangs that didn't join the HJ.
>The boys from Cologne later called themselves Edelweisspiraten and they
>wore a Edelweiss hidden under their jackets, or had one tatooed in their
Did they perceive of there action as civil disobedience? Were
they aware that they might be hanged for their actions?
Or were they thinking that they couldn't possible get caught?
I'm not sure I can think of similar case in American History.
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