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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

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

Chris Yogerst

University Press of Mississippi

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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