Hitler in Los Angeles : how Jews foiled Nazi plots against Hollywood and America

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Hitler in Los Angeles : how Jews foiled Nazi plots against Hollywood and America
Call No: 973.917 R82h

Call Number973.917 R82h
Dates2017; ©2017
Statement of ResponsibilitySteven J. Ross.
Creators & ContributorsRoss, Steven Joseph (author)
Lewis, Leon L. (subject)
Roos, Joseph (subject)
Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles (subject)

"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." —Publisher

ContentsMap of Nazi and Fascist Los Angeles

I. Creating a Spy Network, 1933–1934
  1. "The Most Dangerous Jew in Los Angeles"
  2. The Spying Begins
  3. Plots, Revealed, Spies Uncovered
  4. Going for Help
  5. A Bitter Lesson: The German-American Alliance Trial
II. The Nazi and Fascist Attack on Hollywood, 1933–1935
  1. The Moguls and the Nazis
  2. Inside the Fascist Front
  3. HUAC Comes to Town
  4. The Most Charming Nazi in Los Angeles
III. New Threats, New Spies, 1935–1939
  1. Spy and Divide
  2. The Plots to Kill the Jews
  3. Nazi versus Nazi
  4. Silver Shirts, Nazis, and Movie Stars
  5. Slaughter the Hollywood Jews
  6. The Most Hated Nazi in Hollywood
  7. The Three Most Dangerous Enemies List
  8. The Race Is On
IV. Espionage, Sabotage, and the Coming of War, 1938–1941
  1. Closing In
  2. Sabotage, Secret Agents, and Fifth Columnists
  3. Darkening Skies, New Dangers
  4. Pearl Harbor Roundup
Epilogue: Vigilant till War's End and Beyond
Guide to Spies, Nazis, and Fascists
Physical Description 414 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherNew York : Bloomsbury
NotesIncludes bibliographical references
RecognitionGifted in 2019 by Peter Suedfeld