Swastika Nation

Swastika Nation

Fritz Kuhn And The Rise And Fall Of The German-American Bund

Book - 2013
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In the late 1930s, the German-American Bund, led by its popinjay dictator Fritz Kuhn, was a small but powerful national movement in pre-World War II America, determined to conquer the United States government with a fascist dictatorship. They met in private social halls and beer garden backrooms, gathered at private resorts and public rallies, developed their own version of the SS and Hitler Youth, published a national newspaper and--for a brief moment of their own imagined glory--seemedpoised to make an impact on American politics.

But while the American Nazi leadership dreamed of their Swastika Nation, an amalgamation of politicians, a rising legal star, an ego-charged newspaper columnist, and denizens of the criminal underworld utilized their respective means and muscle to bring down the movement and its dreams of a United Reich States.

Swastika Nation by Arnie Bernstein is a story of bad guys, good guys, and a few guys who fell somewhere in-between. The rise and fall of Fritz Kuhn and his German-American Bund at the hands of these disparate fighters is a sometimes funny, sometimes harrowing, and always compelling story from start to finish.

Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250006714
Branch Call Number: 973.0431
Characteristics: viii, 302 pages, 51 unumbered pages ;,25 cm


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Feb 21, 2017

this account was well researched and written, but I do wish there were greater availability of some of the publications and films mentioned.

May 24, 2016

Interesting read about Fritz Kuhn and the German-American Bund in the 20s and 30s. Information about Nazi sympathizers Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh is available at other sources but Bernstein weaves it into a compelling storu of the rise and fall of the Bund.
Surprised (but not really) that there are no Amazon reviews. Wish there were.


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