Episode 9: Laura Rosenzweig - Hollywood's Spies
Between 1933 and 1941, Berlin conducted a clandestine propaganda campaign to transplant Nazism to the United States, forming a variety of front groups to sway public opinion. Alarmed by this development, and the resulting increase in anti-Semitism, Jewish producers in Hollywood joined forces with other business leaders to spy on these groups and collect evidence that could be used in a court case against them.
Hollywood's Spies details the organising that went on behind the scenes to halt the spread of Nazi ideology in the United States.
In this interview with the book's author Laura Rosenzweig, we discuss the spying operation, the full details of which are only now coming to light, as well as the efforts of these front groups to inject "The Jewish Question" into nativist politics in America.
Laura B. Rosenzweig has taught U.S. History and American Jewish History at the University of California, Santa Cruz and at San Francisco State University. She is currently an instructional designer for the University of California, Office of the President.