Supporting the enemy

Throughout the 1930s and ‘40s, support in the US for Germany and Nazi ideology was more extensive than generally known.

By JANET LEVY
January 17, 2019 13:54
Supporting the enemy

CHARLES LINDBERGH speaks at an ‘America First’ rally in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1941.. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

 
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Support for Nazism in a post-World War I-weary America was far more extensive than previously realized. In his new book, Hitler’s American Friends: The Third Reich’s Supporters in the United States, Bradley W. Hart reveals the sizable network of Nazi sympathizers, spies and supporters in the US during the 1930s and early 1940s.

Using newly available archives, Hart, an assistant professor at California State University, Fresno, reveals how key figures in US government, business, academia and the priesthood – along with German Americans – aspired to bring Nazi ideology to the US and keep the country out of World War II.

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