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Americans Who Supported the Nazis

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  1. SGO

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    (Bradley) "Hart, who came to the topic via research on the eugenics movement and the history of Nazi sympathy in Britain, says he realized early on that there was a lot more to the American side of that story than most textbooks acknowledged. Some of the big names might get mentioned briefly — the radio priest Father Charles Coughlin, or the highly public German American Bund organization — but in general, he says, the American narrative of the years leading up to World War II has elided the role of those who supported the wrong side. And yet, American exchange students went to Germany and returned with glowing reviews, while none other than Charles Lindbergh denounced Jewish people for pushing the U.S. toward unnecessary war. In its various expressions, the pro-Nazi stance during those years was mostly focused not on creating an active military alliance with Germany or bringing the U.S. under Nazi control (something Hitler himself thought wouldn’t be possible) but rather on keeping the U.S. out of war in Europe."

    More Americans Supported Hitler Than You May Think. Here's Why One Expert Thinks That History Isn't Better Known

    A few famous Americans who were Nazi sympathizers and who helped their cause:
    Henry Ford
    Prescott Bush
    Charles Lindbergh


    Big Nazi rallies in Madison Square Garden in the late 1930's
    American Nazism and Madison Square Garden | The National WWII Museum | New Orleans


    "Anti-Jewish sentiment in the U.S. wasn’t restricted to pro-Hitler groups, however. Until the U.S. entered World War II, in 1941, countless Americans opposed U.S. involvement in the war — despite relatively widespread media coverage of Hitler’s terror — including groups like the America First Committee, whose membership included anti-Semites and Nazi sympathizers. Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford, who in the 1920s distributed half a million copies of anti-Jewish rants, was among the group’s members. Charles Coughlin, an Irish Catholic priest, used his national radio show, which reached millions, to stir up anti-Jewish sentiment. His supporters formed a group called the Christian Front, which created a “Christian Index,” of non-Jewish stores to support and whose members attacked Jews in the streets of cities like New York, historian Tony Michels tells Teen Vogue."
    Meet the Jewish-Americans Who Were the OG American Nazi-Punchers


    The long history of American Nazism — and why we can’t forget it today

    "Robert Noble, well-known in California as the co-founder of the fascist and antisemitic isolationist group Friends of Progress, proclaimed: “Japan has done a good job in the Pacific. I believe this war is going to destroy America. … We are for Germany and for Hitler.” Noble and Ellis organized a December 1941 mock trial of President Roosevelt, convicting him of being “traitorous to the American people for getting us into the war.”

    Just as the revived KKK in the 1920s enjoyed mainstream support, the ideas animating U.S. fascist groups were hardly fringe. In April 1940, when asked whether “Jews have too much power and influence in this country,” a national majority answered, “yes.” After U.S. entry into the war, public participation in pro-Nazi organizations ceased, but the sentiments remained. In July 1945, the number of Americans who responded “yes” to this question about influence had risen to 67 percent.

    The war drove American Nazis underground, but nativism, antisemitism and authoritarian tendencies did not vanish, even in the fastest-growing city in the country, Los Angeles. Los Angeles had been one of the largest centers of Klan activity outside the South in the 1920s and 1930s. A Klan member had been elected to the Los Angeles City Council in 1923."
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/outl...-american-nazism-why-we-cant-forget-it-today/
     
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    Joseph Kennedy Sr (JFK'S father). But to be fair that is because he thought they would win (it was politics).
     
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    His betting on the wrong horse in this probably, in his mind, kept him from becoming president. So then the only thing was to buy the office for his sons in progressive order.
     
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    Yep. It destroyed his chances so the efforts went to his children.
     
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    "In his new book, The Nazis Next Door, Lichtblau reports that thousands of Nazis managed to settle in the United States after World War II, often with the direct assistance of American intelligence officials who saw them as potential spies and informants in the Cold War against the Soviet Union."
    How Thousands Of Nazis Were 'Rewarded' With Life In The U.S.

    US intelligence officials did not care about what the Nazis did but only saw them as help to fight against the Commies.
    This poison will help me get rid of the flu.
     
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    Report kept secret by the government:

    The Office of Special Investigations: Striving for Accountability in the Aftermath of the Holocaust

    December 2006

    Judy Feigin

    https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/criminal/legacy/2011/03/14/12-2008osu-accountability.pdf

    Over 600 pages detailing US government assistance to the Nazis after the war.



    No, No, No !

    Not Here!

    Even after all our boys died fighting them and countless non combatant civilians died for so much as collateral damage.

    This could never happen again.
     
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    There's a great show on Amazon inspired by this book called, "The Hunters", about a group of Jews in the U.S. who hunt down Nazis the government resettled in the US. It's very Tarantino-esque and the language can be a little rough, but good show.
     
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    Thanks.
    Watch Nazi Hunters | Prime Video
     
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    Different show. This is a drama. That looks like a documentary.

    It's not "Nazi Hunters", just "The Hunters". Actually, come to think of it, it may just be "Hunters". In any event, it's the one with Al Pacino.
     
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    Ok

    Amazon.com : the hunters al pacino
     
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    There was an instant reversal after the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. Most, but not all, Nazi sympathizers did a 180 after that attack, & even more did after Germany's sneak attack upon the USSR. News of the concentration camps didn't reach the American public until Germany was almost-defeated, & American soldiers liberated some of them. (At one camp, even the iron-tough Gen. Patton barfed!)

    But once the US was in the war, it wasn't popular to be a member of the American Bund, a Fifth-Columnist, or a sympathizer of them. Displaying such feelings was an invitation to be attacked, & the cops would pretend not to see it.
     
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    Were German Americas interred in camps during the war when they were "unpopular"?

    Newp.

    Were Nazis given a place to live in the USA after the war?

    Yop.

    See post #6 for proof.
     
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    The backlash against German Americans came during WW1. But, Italian Americans did face some disabilities. I think many here would agree with you that it can again happen here.
     
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    But they were watched like hawks.

    Were Nazis given a place to live in the USA after the war?

    Yop.

    See post #6 for proof.[/QUOTE]
    Many German POWs were brought over here & kept for awhile after the war. It took time to vet them for war criminals among their numbers.
     
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    They were not only kept here for a while, they lived the rest of their lives here.

    How about how many were used in the fight against the Commies?

    Want one living in your neighborhood?

    Well, if you had no family members who lost their lives fighting them and are white, not Jewish, or from a minority you don't have anything to worry about.

    Unfortunately before, during, and after the war their ideology found a home here too.
     
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    There's still a gang who says Hitler is alive & living in South America, so if anyone comes across a 132-yr. old German speaker, watch out!
     
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    It's a joke, right?

    Died 1955 so sorry.
     
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