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Hitler's American Friends: The Third Reich's Supporters in the United States with Bradley Hart

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis St. San Francisco United States (map)
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Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce St between Ellis and Eddy streets

Hitler’s American Friends examines the strange terrain of Nazi sympathizers, non-intervention campaigners, and other voices in America that advocated on behalf of Nazi Germany in the years before World War II. These homegrown antagonists sought to protect and promote Hitler, leave Europeans (especially European Jews) to fend for themselves, and elevate the Nazi regime. Some of these sympathizers were Americans of German descent who joined the Bund, whose leadership dreamed of installing a stateside Fuhrer; some were Midwestern Catholics like Father Charles Coughlin, whose popular radio program broadcast anti-Semitic tirades; some were members of Congress who used their mailing privileges to distribute German propaganda. Celebrity pilot Charles Lindbergh spoke for them all at the America First Committee.

Bradley W. Hart is an assistant professor at California State University, Fresno, and a former by-fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge. His previous works include George Pitt-Rivers and the Nazis and the co-edited volume The Foundations of the British Conservative Party: Essays on Conservatism from Lord Salisbury to David Cameron.

Co-presented by the JFCS Holocaust Center.