‘Rosen Auf Den Weg Gestreut / Embrace the Fascists’ is a song by Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird from the album Partisans & Parasites (2009), based on a 1931 poem by Kurt Tucholsky (1890–1935), a German-Jewish journalist, satirist and writer.
You have to treat them nice and gentle Do nothing rash, they’re sensitive You must be somewhat sentimental Respectful of the way they live Don’t let your dogs attack them on the street Embrace the fascists where you may meet
If they should call for hate or violence Just let them talk, it is their right And keep your protestations silent You wouldn’t want to start a fight For fighting is what they do best Embrace the fascists and you’ll be blessed
And if they fire their guns upon you Is life so precious in your eyes? You would be sheep with wolves around you Why not be gladly victimized? And if you feel inside your guts The Nazi dagger’s blade Embrace the fascists that you have made
Translating to ‘Swing Kids’ or ‘Swing Youth’ the Swingjugend were a group of teenagers between the ages of 14-18, that opposed Nazi Germany and the Hitler Youth.
Their name acts as a parody of the numerous youth groups that flourished before the National Socialists. They also referred to themselves as Swings or Swingheinis (“Swingity”); the members were called “Swing-Boy”, “Swing-Girl” or “Old-Hot-Boy”.
Throughout Germany, many young people were encouraged to join the fascist Hitler Youth movement. As swing music and Jazz music was offensive to Nazi ideology, because it was often performed by blacks (Negroes) and a number of Jewish musicians, the leaders formed their own group, focusing on American and British swing and jazz.
They organized dance festivals and contests and invited jazz bands. These events were occasions to mock the Nazis, the military and the Hitler Youth, and they even chanted “Swing Heil!”, mocking the Nazi “Sieg Heil!”