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Hollywood Hates Hitler!Jew-Baiting, Anti-Nazism, and the Senate Investigation into Warmongering in Motion Pictures$
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Chris Yogerst

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496829757

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496829757.001.0001

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Hollywood, Fascism, and Jew-Baiting Prior to 1939

Hollywood, Fascism, and Jew-Baiting Prior to 1939

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(p.5) Chapter One Hollywood, Fascism, and Jew-Baiting Prior to 1939
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Hollywood Hates Hitler!
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Chris Yogerst

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496829757.003.0002

The years leading up to 1939 saw an influx of fascist organizations in Los Angeles. This made the Hollywood moguls ultra-sensitive to homegrown fascism as they began to fight back by funding an underground espionage network, led by attorney Leon Lewis. More public pushback came from the Hollywood Anti-Nazi League, made up of individuals from across the Popular Front. Pro-fascist support began to surface in the form of the Friends of New Germany, German-American Bund, and the Silver Shirt who each had factions in Los Angeles. As the conflict in Europe developed, so did anti-war sentiments in the United States (many were still miffed about our involvement in World War I). This period also saw the rise of anti-Semitic and isolationist voices ranging from Father Charles Coughlin to members of the America First movement.

Keywords:   Hollywood Anti-Nazi League, Espionage, America First, Friends of New Germany, German American Bund

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