1939 75 years ago

Forward Magazine - - Page Two -


You may re­mem­ber when, not too long ago, Vit­to­rio Mus­solini, the son of Italy’s dic­ta­tor, paid a visit to Hol­ly­wood and found that all doors were closed to him. He was es­sen­tially boy­cotted be­cause of his as­so­ci­a­tion with the fas­cists. You may also re­call that when Leni Riefen­stahl ar­rived to show her film about the 1936 Berlin Olympics, she was also roundly ig­nored. But just a short time ago, 10 ed­i­tors of Ger­man news­pa­pers — among them one from Volkischer Beobachter, Hitler’s own paper — ap­peared in Hol­ly­wood and were greeted and hosted by none other than Louis B. Mayer, one of the mo­tion pic­ture in­dus­try’s top Jews. The ed­i­tors were qui­etly brought to the stu­dios and shown around. No one knew they were Nazis. If they had known, there would have been a re­volt.

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