Saturday, February 19, 2005

Henry Ford, Nazi -- Charles Lindbergh, Nazi -- Eugenics Haters of Humanity

Henry Ford, Nazi -- Charles Lindbergh, Nazi -- Eugenics Haters of Humanity

Henry Ford and the Jews
The Mass Production of Hate

by Neil Baldwin

  • # Hardcover: 432 pages
  • # Publisher: PublicAffairs;
    1st ed edition (November, 2001)
  • # ISBN: 1891620525

The American Axis: Henry Ford,
Charles Lindbergh, and
the Rise of the Third Reich

by Max Wallace

  • # Hardcover: 416 pages
  • # Publisher: St. Martin's Press;
    1st edition (August 29, 2003)
  • # ISBN: 0312290225

During his third visit to Nazi Germany, in October 1938, Charles Lindbergh received the Service Cross of the German Eagle (Verdienstkreuz der Deutscher Adler), the second-highest honor the Reich could bestow on noncitizens. It was presented to him by Reichsmarshal Hermann Goering. Lindbergh described the scene in his journal:

Marshal Goering, of coarse, was the last to arrive
(at the dinner). I was standing in the back of the room. He shook hands
with everyone. I noticed he had a red box and some papers. When he came
to me he shook hands, handed me the box and papers and spoke a few
sentences in German. I found he had presented me with the German Eagle,
one of the highest German decorations, "by order of Der Fuhrer."

Apart from other Jew-hating Nazi lovers like Henry Ford
(who received an even nicer medal from the Reich), nobody in the U.S.
could understand why Lindbergh was so eager to befriend the Nazis. They
were stupefied. He began attracting public criticism from all corners,
even from the man who prosecuted the Lindbergh Baby case.

In December, New Jersey Attorney General David P. Wilentz told a newspaper:

"The people of England are about finished with him.
Americans are beginning to feel the same way, and the halo of hero
worship around Lindbergh's head is getting pretty well tarnished."

Henry Ford and Nazism

Henry Ford, center, is awarded the Grand Cross of the German Eagle by Nazi diplomats.
AP photo; fair use

There is some evidence that Henry Ford gave Adolf Hitler financial backing when Hitler was first starting out in politics. This can in part be traced to statements from Kurt Ludecke, Germany's representative to the U.S. in the 1920s, and Winifred Wagner, daughter-in-law of Richard Wagner, who said they requested funds from Ford to aid the National Socialist movement in Germany. However, a 1933 Congressional investigation into the matter was unable to substantiate one way or the other that funding was actually sent.

Ford Motor Company was active in Germany's military buildup prior to World War II. In 1938, for instance, it opened an assembly plant in Berlin whose purpose was to supply trucks to the Wehrmacht. In July of that year, Ford was awarded (and accepted) the Grand Cross of the Order of the German Eagle (Grosskreuz des Deutschen Adlerordens). Ford was the first American and the fourth person given this award, at the time Nazi Germany's highest honorary award given to foreigners. Earlier the same year, Benito Mussolini had been decorated with the Grand Cross. The decoration was given "in recognition of [Ford's] pioneering in making motor cars available for the masses." The award was accompanied by a personal congratulatory message from Adolf Hitler. [Detroit News, July 31, 1938.]

The Secret War Against the Jews : How Western Espionage Betrayed The Jewish People

by John Loftus, Mark Aarons

  • Paperback: 658 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (April 15, 1997)
  • ISBN: 0312156480

Official Secrets : What the Nazis Planned, What the British and Americans Knew

by Richard Breitman

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hill and Wang (September 1, 1999)
  • ISBN: 0809001845

The Bombing of Auschwitz: Should the Allies Have Attempted It?

by Michael J. Neufeld (Editor), Michael Berenbaum (Editor)

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st edition (August, 2000)
  • ISBN: 0312198388

Auschwitz and the Allies : A Devastating Account of How the Allies Responded to the News of Hitler's Mass Murder (An Owl Book)

by Martin Gilbert

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Owl Books; Reissue edition (September 15, 1990)
  • ISBN: 0805014624

The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust 1941-1945

by David Wyman, David S. Wyman

  • Paperback: 458 pages
  • Publisher: New Press (April 1, 1998)
  • ISBN: 1565844157

And the World Closed Its Doors: The Story of One Family Abandoned to the Holocaust

by David Clay Large

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books (April 1, 2004)
  • ISBN: 0465038093

While Six Million Died: A Chronicle of American Apathy

by Arthur D. Morse

  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Press; Reprint edition (February 1, 1998)
  • ISBN: 0879518367

The Holocaust in American Life

by Peter Novick

  • Paperback: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (September 20, 2000)
  • ISBN: 0618082328

IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation

by Edwin Black

  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; 1st edition (February 12, 2001)
  • ISBN: 0609607995

American Refugee Policy and European Jewry, 1933-1945

by Richard Breitman, Alan M. Kraut

  • Hardcover: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (December 1, 1987)
  • ISBN: 0253304156

The International Jew: The World's Foremost Problem

by Henry Ford Sr.

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of the Pacific (July 1, 2003)
  • ISBN: 1410204960

The International Jew: Jewish Activities in the United States

by Henry, Sr Ford

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of the Pacific (July 1, 2003)
  • ISBN: 1410204979

The International Jew: Aspects of Jewish Power in the United States

by Henry Ford Sr.

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of the Pacific (July 1, 2003)
  • ISBN: 1410204995

The International Jew: Jewish Influences in American Life

by Henry Ford Sr.

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of the Pacific (July 1, 2003)
  • ISBN: 1410204987