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From the Archives: Episode Three

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Explosion at the Hercules Powder Plant

Explosion at the Hercules Powder Plant

52 people were killed and hundreds were wounded after an explosion at the Hercules Powder Plant in Kenvil, New Jersey on September 12, 1942. The federal government had received a tip months earlier about a plot to target munitions factories in the United States.

Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images
Leon Lewis

Leon Lewis

Photo of Leon Lewis, a Jewish lawyer and activist in Los Angeles in the 1930s. Lewis formed a secret spy network to infiltrate fascist organizations in Los Angeles in order to expose their activities and stop them from committing acts of violence.

Courtesy ADL
German Day celebration

German Day celebration

People raising a swastika at a German Day celebration at Hindenburg Park in Los Angeles in 1936.

Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, Community Relations Committee Collection, Special Collection and Archives, California State University, Northridge
Aryan Bookstore

Aryan Bookstore

Photo of the Aryan Bookstore in Los Angeles, which sold Nazi books and pamphlets in the 1930s.

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Deutsches Haus

Deutsches Haus

Photo of the Deutsches Haus in Los Angeles.

Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, Community Relations Committee Collection, Special Collection and Archives, California State University, Northridge
Offerings at the Aryan Bookstore

Offerings at the Aryan Bookstore

A list of books available for purchase at the Aryan Bookstore in Los Angeles.

Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, Community Relations Committee Collection, Special Collection and Archives, California State University, Northridge
\"Wake up...\"

"Wake up..."

A business card from the Aryan Bookstore in Los Angeles.

Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, Community Relations Committee Collection, Special Collection and Archives, California State University, Northridge
William Dudley Pelley

William Dudley Pelley

Silver Shirts leader William Dudley Pelley, dressed in uniform.

Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, Community Relations Committee Collection, Part 2, Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge
\"UN-AMERICAN\"

"UN-AMERICAN"

A wanted poster seeking the arrest of William Dudley Pelley.

Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, Community Relations Committee Collection, Special Collection and Archives, California State University, Northridge
The Silvershirt Weekly

The Silvershirt Weekly

A copy of William Dudley Pelley's magazine, The Silvershirt Weekly.

Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, Community Relations Committee Collection, Special Collection and Archives, California State University, Northridge
\"For Christ and Constitution\"

"For Christ and Constitution"

A member of the Silver Legion distributes the group's fascist propaganda newspaper outside of the Los Angeles Aryan Bookstore in 1934.

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\"If our constitutional government had gone down...\"

"If our constitutional government had gone down..."

Testimony from William Dudley Pelley to the House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Un-American Activities on February 8, 1940. Pelley told the committee he would put into effect the anti-Jewish policies of the Hitler government if the American constitution was toppled and he was installed as leader.

House of Representatives, Special Committee to Investigate Un-American Activities, Washington, D.C.
George Deatherage

George Deatherage

Photo of George Deatherage testifying to Congress in 1939.

Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, photograph by Harris & Ewing, [reproduction number, e.g., LC-USZ62-123456]
Snowstorm in Los Angeles

Snowstorm in Los Angeles

A report on activities at the Deutsches Haus in Los Angeles in 1939, describing how members planned to throw anti-Semitic propaganda from the top of a city building, a tactic called "snowstorming."

Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, Community Relations Committee Collection, Special Collection and Archives, California State University, Northridge
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