From the movie Swing Kids, when Peter and Thomas steal a radio that they saw a Nazi steal from a "traitor's" home, did this scene actually occur?When Peter and Tomas steals the radio, did this...

From the movie Swing Kids, when Peter and Thomas steal a radio that they saw a Nazi steal from a "traitor's" home, did this scene actually occur?

When Peter and Tomas steals the radio, did this actually happen in real life? Was there a Tomas or Peter in the "real" swing kids, and not just the movie? What aspects of the movie are real or fake?

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Swing Kids is a historical fiction film.  This means that the story itself is not explicitly factual but the events in the film could have taken place in real life - and likely did. Events and people in the movie were based on actual history.

There were real swing kids.  Peter and Thomas are probably based on actual people and real experiences - but they were not meant to be historical figures.  The original scene of the Nazis confiscating the radio was also a realistic portrayal of actual events.  Many times, Nazis stole valuable items from the homes of "traitors" and Jews.  The music played and jazz musicians mentioned were also factual.  The HJ was real.  The costumes were realistic replicas of the actual uniforms of different Nazi groups.

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