Sunday, September 10, 2017

Arnie Bernstein

Arnie Bernstein is the author of Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German-American Bund.

From his Q & A with Randy Dotinga for the Christian Science Monitor:

Q: What started this movement [The German-American Bund]?

The German-American Bund was born out of various factions and groups that came into being during the 1920s post-war era, when Germans immigrants and descendants of previous immigrant generations in the US were faced with enormous prejudices.

These groups looked back to the Fatherland, the rise of Hitler and National Socialism for inspiration. They adopted uniforms resembling those of SS and brownshirts, created family retreats where they could espouse their ideals in private with like-minded individuals, printed their own newspaper, and held parades among with other activities.

The Bund was led by Fritz Kuhn, who labeled himself “the Bundesf├╝hrer." Kuhn was a German immigrant himself and a Hitler loyalist.

Q: How big was the group?

It's impossible to say, given that they were secretive and also bad record keepers. It's estimated they had between 15,000 to 20,000 official members. Those numbers don’t include non-members who were sympathetic to the Bund and its mission and may have provided...[read on]
Learn more about the book and author at Arnie Bernstein's website.

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