Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America

Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America

by Steven J. Ross

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A 2018 FINALIST FOR THE PULITZER PRIZE

The chilling, little-known story of the rise of Nazism in Los Angeles, and the Jewish leaders and spies they recruited who stopped it.

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 twenty 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.

U.S. 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 Nazi's 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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ISBN-13: 9781620405642
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 10/24/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 32,089
File size: 36 MB
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About the Author

Steven J. Ross is professor of history at the University of Southern California and director of the Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life. He is the author of Hollywood Left and Right, recipient of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Film Scholars Award and nominated for a Pulitzer; Working-Class Hollywood, nominated for a Pulitzer and the National Book Award; Movies and American Society; and Workers on the Edge. He lives in Southern California. http://scalar.usc.edu/works/hitler-in-los-angeles/index

Table of Contents

Map of Nazi and Fascist Los Angeles x

Prologue 1

I Creating a Spy Network, 1933-1934

1 "The Most Dangerous Jew in Los Angeles" 7

2 The Spying Begins 21

3 Plots Revealed, Spies Uncovered 35

4 Going for Help 44

5 A Bitter Lesson: The German-American Alliance Trial 53

II The Nazi and Fascist Attack on Hollywood, 1933-1935

6 The Moguls and the Nazis 67

7 Inside the Fascist Front 79

8 HUAC Comes to Town 94

9 The Most Charming Nazi in Los Angeles 108

III New Threats, New Spies, 1935-1939

10 Spy and Divide 133

11 The Plots to Kill the Jews 152

12 Nazi versus Nazi 166

13 Silver Shirts, Nazis, and Movie Stars 186

14 Slaughter the Hollywood Jews 198

15 The Most Hated Nazi in Hollywood 214

16 The Three Most Dangerous Enemies List 228

17 The Race Is On 247

IV Espionage, Sabotage, and the Coming of War, 1938-1941

18 Closing In 263

19 Sabotage, Secret Agents, and Fifth Columnists 279

20 Darkening Skies, New Dangers 298

21 Pearl Harbor Roundup 316

Epilogue: Vigilant till War's End and Beyond 331

Guide to Spies, Nazis, and Fascists 341

Acknowledgments 345

Notes 347

Index 399

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