Episode #12: Hitler's American Friends
Updated: Mar 21, 2019
My guest today is Dr. Bradley W. Hart. Bradley is an assistant professor at California State University, Fresno where he teaches the history of journalism and Jewish studies. He completed his PhD in history at Cambridge University under the supervision of the historian Richard J. Evans, who some listeners may know from his seminal trilogy on the Third Reich. Bradley has written on global economics and politics in the early 20th century as well as on Nazi Germany.
Bradley joins me from California via Skype to talk about his new book Hitler's American Friends: The Third Reich's Supporters in the United States. Some of the things we cover in today's episode are groups in America that were sympathetic to the rise of nazism and fascism in Europe, the prominence of anti-semitism in mass media, and the role of the isolationist America First Committee in trying to keep the United States from entering World War II.
Key Points in Today's Podcast
Some of the major topics I discuss with Bradley in this episode are:
The dramatic pro-Nazi marches of the German American Bund
The mass influence of the antisemitic Father Coughlin
How Charles Lindbergh used his celebrity to further the isolationist America First Committee
A Nazi propaganda operation run out of the halls of Congress
For the Ever Curious
If you are interested in learning more about this topic, consider checking out these resources:
Books by Bradley W. Hart
www.bradleywhart.com - Bradley's website offers his biography, curriculum vitae, current research, and his Twitter @DrBHart.