Hitler in Los Angeles

Hitler in Los Angeles Details

TitleHitler in Los Angeles
Author
ReleaseOct 24th, 2017
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN-139781620405628
Rating
GenreNonfiction, History, War, World War II, North American Hi..., American History

Hitler in Los Angeles Review

  • Jon Boorstin
    January 1, 1970
    Before WWII, before Hitler was seen as our enemy, winning over Los Angeles was vital to his plans for gaining influence in America – it’s port, it’s airplane factories, and most of all Hollywood, megaphone to the world. Anti-semitism was a fact of life here, embraced by many, and the Nazis were trying to exploit it as a path to power, as they did so effectively in Germany. The FBI wasn’t interested, already obsessed with hunting Communists, and the LAPD had strong fascist sympathies. Who would s Before WWII, before Hitler was seen as our enemy, winning over Los Angeles was vital to his plans for gaining influence in America – it’s port, it’s airplane factories, and most of all Hollywood, megaphone to the world. Anti-semitism was a fact of life here, embraced by many, and the Nazis were trying to exploit it as a path to power, as they did so effectively in Germany. The FBI wasn’t interested, already obsessed with hunting Communists, and the LAPD had strong fascist sympathies. Who would stop them, or even slow them down? Well, a group of Jews, funded by Hollywood moguls. Steve Ross has dug deep and told the story well, concentrating on the Jewish leader who inflitrated Nazi organisations with Christian secret agents, and the German Consul his principal antagonist, a patriot who was appallingly effective at containing the movie industry, but detested his Nazis bosses. A remarkable story, with much resonance in the era of Trump.
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  • Shae McDaniel
    January 1, 1970
    Sorry, I need to just sit and stare at a wall in unblinking horror for the next few hours. Holy crow. Mr. Ross does an incredible job of detailing just how close we came on multiple occasions to utter disaster only to be saved by the dogged persistence of an amateur spy ring run by a Jewish lawyer. Leon Lewis and his crew are heroes, full stop.
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  • Michelle Kidwell
    January 1, 1970
    Hitler in Los AngelesHow Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and Americaby Steven J. RossBloomsbury USAHistory , Nonfiction (Adult)Pub Date 24 Oct 2017I am reviewing a copy of Hitler in Los Angeles through Bloomsbury USA, and Netgalley:This book shows us that many American Jews did rise greatly oppose Hitler, but they could not agree on the best path of resistance. Many saw New York as the Jewish capital of America but. Joeseph Goebells though no citywas more dangerous to the twisted views Hitler in Los AngelesHow Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and Americaby Steven J. RossBloomsbury USAHistory , Nonfiction (Adult)Pub Date 24 Oct 2017I am reviewing a copy of Hitler in Los Angeles through Bloomsbury USA, and Netgalley:This book shows us that many American Jews did rise greatly oppose Hitler, but they could not agree on the best path of resistance. Many saw New York as the Jewish capital of America but. Joeseph Goebells though no citywas more dangerous to the twisted views of Nazi Propoganda. Because in his eyes Jews ruled the motion picture industry.No city was more important to the Nazi’s than Los Angeles, home to Hollywood the greatest propoganda machine in the world. The Nazi’s had plotted to kill the city’s Jews, a plot that was foiled in part by Captain John.H.Schmidt, a fellow German, and a Christian. Leon Lewis had asked Captain John H.Schmidt to help spy on the Nazi’s. The Nazi’s had plans for Hanging twenty prominent figures including Charlie Chaplin, Al Jolson and Samuel Goldwyn. They had plans drawn up to drive through Boyle Heights and taking out as many Jews as possible by Machine guns, as well as for seizing munitions and blowing up National Guard Armories across the Pacific Coast.At the time US law enforcement agencies were not paying close attention, they preferred to monitor Reds rather than Nazi’s. It was only Leon Lewis and his ring of spies that stood in the way of Nazi’s. From 1933 to the end of World War Two Leon Lewis ran a spy operation of military veterans and their wives. This group infiltrated every Nazi and fascist group in Los-Angeles. The spies often moving up to leadership position, uncovering and stopping the Nazi’s from attacking.In this book we learn of how one man helped to lead a group of spies into stopping the Nazi’s from killing thousands if not millions in Los Angeles.This book was well written and thoroughly researched.I give Hitler in Los Angeles five out of five stars!Happy Reading!
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    Note: I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!I wanted to like this, I really did. I'm a big history buff, and this particular era of American/world history has always fascinated me. This, however, really sort of let me down. The subject was fascinating, but the execution just didn't really do much for me. It read more like a long, tedious history book a lot of the time and I found myself getting easily distracted by other things. I'm not a quitter, I rare Note: I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!I wanted to like this, I really did. I'm a big history buff, and this particular era of American/world history has always fascinated me. This, however, really sort of let me down. The subject was fascinating, but the execution just didn't really do much for me. It read more like a long, tedious history book a lot of the time and I found myself getting easily distracted by other things. I'm not a quitter, I rarely ever DNF a book, but I came sadly very close with this one. It just dragged, bogged down a lot of jargon and too much to muddle through at times. I found myself sometimes skimming, just wanting to at least make it to the end.History needs to be made engaging, and I was not engaged at all. It was quite a let down.
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