Book Review: Hitler in Los Angeles
Hitler in Los Angeles
How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America
by Steven J. Ross
History , Nonfiction (Adult)
Pub Date 24 Oct 2017
I 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!