1939 75 years ago
GERMAN EDITORS CONCEAL NAZI TIES
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.