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When Nazis held mass rallies in Madison Square Garden

German American Bund Pro-America Rally, Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA -- 20,000 participated in the rally, while 80,000 protested against it.

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Symbol of the German-American Bund.The German-American Bund was a nationwide organization of Americans founded in 1936 and led by Fritz Kuhn. The origins of the Bund began as early as 1924 as the 'Free Society of Teutonia' formed by National Socialist Fritz Gissibl after moving to Chicago, Illinois from Germany.

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German American Bund (American Nazi org.) parade on East 86th St., New York City, October 30, 1939.

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The German American Bund, or German American Federation, was an American Nazi organization established in 1936. "...the zenith of the Bund's activities was the rally at Madison Square Garden in New York City on February 20, 1939... which some 20,000 people attended.

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1937; American Nazis, members of an organization known as the German American Bund, marching in Yaphank, New York

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Fritz Kuhn was a German-born, naturalized-American citizen who led the German American Bund prior to World War II . He supported Hitler and was an anti-semite. He was imprisoned during the war, his citizenship was revoked and after the war he was deported back to Germany.

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Americans For Hitler. On the eve of World War II, the German American Bund insisted the Nazi salute was as American as apple pie.

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American Bund The Failure of American Nazism: The German-American Bund’s Attempt to Create an American “Fifth Column”

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Membership application for the pro-Nazi German American Bund. United States, 1939.

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Nazi Americans Pro-Nazi German American Bund rally at Madison Square Garden. New York, United States, February 20, 1939

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Bund Deutscher Mädel (League of German Girls) girl holding a baby, 1939

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A lesser known piece of American history, a massive party rally of the German-American Bund held in New York City. The German-American Bund was a pre-war political organization based in the United States which sought to lead the United States under a Fascist government as well as strengthen American ties to the New Germany. It grew a substantial support base but proved incompatible with U.S. society.

Pro-Nazi German American Bund rally at Madison Square Garden. New York, United States, February 20, 1939.

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German-American Bund summer camp, Long Island, 1938

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