The Edelweiss Pirates Fought Back Against The Hitler Youth Of WWII Germany

Edelweiss Pirates youth group in Nazi Germany. They emerged in western Germany out of the German Youth Movement of the late 1930s. Source: (Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group/Getty Images)

You have probably heard of the Hitler Youth, an organization that sought to indoctrinate the young people of Germany into the Nazi ideology, but the story of the Edelweiss Pirates is not so well known. While the Hitler Youth worked to promote the Nazi party's agenda, the Edelweiss Pirates opposed Nazism and engaged in activities to undermine the Nazi control. Let's take a look at the story of how groups of German teenagers banded together to sabotage the Nazis and the Hitler Youth at the risk of imprisonment and execution.