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‘Nazi Town, USA’: It Did Happen Here

‘Nazi Town, USA’: It Did Happen Here

A PBS documentary about the German-American Bund in the 1930s has some startling lessons for the present day.

By CATHY YOUNG, The Bulwark

THE OLD BLACK-AND-WHITE FOOTAGE shows cheerful boys and girls exercising, swimming, dancing, and having fun at a summer camp. It has a very all-American look, with a disturbing twist: the camp actually hosts an American version of Hitler Youth from the 1930s, and the kids are marching with both American and Nazi flags. Thus opens the fascinating documentary Nazi Town, USA, which premiered on Tuesday on American Experience on PBS.

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