Using A Political Expediency For Political Gains, ‘Nazis’ Pro American Rally’ In New York

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Yorbing Staff Thursday March 14, 2019

NPR National, All Things Considered By Ari Shapiro March 14, 2019

The Atlantic: White Nationalism, Deep American Root, By Adam Serwer

WNYC On The Media, By Marshall Curry, Feb 20, 2019

The crowd responds with a Hitler salute as uniformed members of a German-American Bund color guard march at a gathering in New York’s Madison Square Garden, Feb. 20, 1939.
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Founded in 1936, the German-American Bund had approximately 25,000 members and 70 chapters around the country. While the Nazis were building concentration camps, the Bund held pro-Hitler retreats and summer camps. February 20th marks the 80th anniversary of the Bund’s most notorious event when 20,000 of its members gathered at Madison Square Garden for a “Pro-American Rally” featuring speeches and performances, staged in front of a 30-foot-high portrait of George Washington.

The rally is the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary short “A Night at The Garden” by filmmaker Marshall Curry. In this On the Media podcast extra, Brooke talks with Curry about how the film’s themes resonate today and how a 30-second broadcast spot has had a media moment of its own.

Feature image image from wearethemighty.com

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