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No American city was more important to the Nazis than Los Angeles, home to Hollywood, the greatest propaganda machine in the world. The Nazis plotted to kill the city's Jews and to sabotage the nation's military installations: plans existed for hanging 20 prominent Hollywood figures such as Al Jolson, Charlie Chaplin, and Samuel Goldwyn; for driving through Boyle Heights and machine-gunning as many Jews as possible; and for blowing up defense installations and seizing munitions from National Guard armories along the Pacific Coast.
US law enforcement agencies were not paying close attention - preferring to monitor Reds rather than Nazis - and only Leon Lewis and his daring ring of spies stood in the way. From 1933 until the end of World War II, attorney Leon Lewis, the man Nazis would come to call "the most dangerous Jew in Los Angeles", ran a spy operation comprised of military veterans and their wives who infiltrated every Nazi and fascist group in Los Angeles. Often rising to leadership positions, this daring ring of spies uncovered and foiled the Nazis' disturbing plans for death and destruction.
Featuring a large cast of Nazis, undercover agents, and colorful supporting players, Hitler in Los Angeles, by acclaimed historian Steven J. Ross, tells the story of Lewis's daring spy network in a time when hate groups had moved from the margins to the mainstream.
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By deb on 11-19-17
Concerned Citizens Infiltrated Nazi Groups
Between 1933 and 1946 a Jewish attorney and other concerned citizens infiltrated various Nazi and fascist organizations in Los Angeles and nearby areas. Reports were made to local police who often seemed supportive of the groups or to military concerns and finally to FBI and the HUAC committee in congress. Plans for subterfuge of various industries or assassination plots were conveyed to people who could act on the information. The influence of Hitler's representatives to the movie studios in Hollywood is amazing for the bullying studios into censoring scenes for the marketing to Germany and actual threats regarding actors or personnel who still had family in Germany. I have enjoyed listening to this book twice already. The author should be commended for the research involved to create this excellent book. Historians certainly seem to have whitewashed the communist and Nazi groups that were functioning in the USA during this period. Everyone should read this book because educators sure do not cover material like this. People might look at the old movies differently if they knew of the influences Hitler and Stalin's minions had.