Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and
The Rise and Fall of
The German-American Bund
Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German-American Bund chronicles a pro-Nazi movement that swept the United States in the 1930s. However, their dream of America under a swastika flag and ruled by their leader Bundesführer Fritz Kuhn, attracted powerful foes.
Through the independent work of many larger than life figures--including the duo of New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia and prosecuter Thomas Dewey, the newly-formed Congressional House Committee on Un-American Activities, the bulldog reporting of newspaper columnist Walter Winchell, and the distinctive methods employed by Jewish mobsters Meyer Lansky, Longy Zwillman, Bugsy Siegel, and Mickey Cohen--Kuhn and the German-American Bund came to an inglorious end.
All this, plus a supporting cast that includes Henry Ford, Walt Disney, Jack Ruby, Edward G. Robinson, and many others. It's a book that's jam packed with incredible tales, a wild slice of American history you won't be able to put down.
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Originally published by St. Martin's Press & Picador
An interview with Arnie is featured in: "Nazi Town, USA The Untold Story of Nazi Sympathizers on American Soil" In February 1939, more than 20,000 Americans filled Madison Square Garden for an event billed as a “Pro-American Rally.” Images of George Washington hung next to swastikas and speakers railed against the “Jewish controlled media” and called for a return to a racially “pure” America. The keynote speaker was Fritz Kuhn, head of the German American Bund. Nazi Town, USA tells the largely unknown story of the Bund, which had scores of chapters in suburbs and big cities across the country and represented what many believe was a real threat of fascist subversion in the United States. The Bund held joint rallies with the Ku Klux Klan and ran dozens of summer camps for children centered around Nazi ideology and imagery. Its melding of patriotic values with virulent anti-Semitism raised thorny issues that we continue to wrestle with today.
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Polish translation published by Rebis Publishing House of Poznan, Poland
Sponsored by the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, this program explores Camp Siegfried and Nazis in the United States with a panel discussion with me; Bess Wohl, playwright of Camp Siegfried; and Bradley W. Hart, author of Hitler’s American Friends: The Third Reich’s Supporters in the United States. The conversation is moderated by Randi F. Marshall, Editorial Writer at New York Newsday.
Critical Praise for Swastika Nation
"...a fresh account of a well-documented era."