'World War II Homefront: Spies, Saboteurs, and Sympathizers in NYC' Webinar
In honor of George Washington’s birthday on February, 20th, 1939, over 20,000 Nazi sympathizers gathered in Madison Square Garden to cheer Adolph Hitler and boo “Franklin Rosenfeld” and the “Jew Deal.” While one might assume this was a scene from the dystopic television show The Man In The High Castle, this chilling event was just one of many actually happening across the country at the time. This is the untold story of New York City in the run-up to World War II, and the Nazi agents and affiliates that lurked in its shadows.
Join New York Adventure Club as we explore the forgotten chapter of New York City history before the United States entered World War II, when German spies, saboteurs, and sympathizers had infiltrated — and integrated into — communities throughout the tri-state area.
Led by writer, historian, and licensed New York City tour guide Robert Brenner, this exploration of an unsettling period in the city's past will include:
- The men who dreamed of becoming Führer of the United States — and the groupies that adored them
- The German saboteurs who invaded NYC via German U-boat and LIRR, and their secret graves in Washington, DC
- The Nazi front organization that ran summer camps in Long Island and New Jersey
- The Park Avenue doctor who led a Nazi spy ring, all while living next door to a major synagogue
- The spy who was a double agent for the FBI, and operated out of a plush hotel in Times Square
- The relationship between these historic events and Charlottesville in 2017, from periodic flareups of Nazi and fascist activity in the U.S. to how it can be stopped
Afterward, we'll have a Q&A with Robert — any and all questions about New York's darker past are welcomed and encouraged.
Can't make it live? Don't worry, you'll have access to the full replay for one week!
See you there!
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Robert Brenner is a licensed New York City tour guide, a certified member of the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC), and an almost lifelong New Yorker. He started exploring the city on his own as a teenager in the 1970s, and moved here permanently in the 1980s. In 2014 he launched his own small, independent, boutique walking tour company, Pig Feet Walking Tours, specializing in offbeat history, culture, and food walking tours; since then he has led walking tours for the Municipal Art Society, the Van Alen Institute, the Historic District Council, the Museum of Sex, and many other organizations. He currently lives in Chelsea with his wife and is pursuing a Masters in New York Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center.
"Robert really knows his facts and dates and the information was well organized and he built up to a very good story" -Ann
"Robert Bennett was very informative and I liked his dry sense of humor. eerily familiar to what is going on right now in our country" -Ann W.
"Well presented and engaging style. Appreciated the exact locations." -Christine
"So much information that I never knew." -Rhonda
"Depth and breadth of the material; excellent presentation by Robert" -William
"Learned things I never knew--presented in very organized fashion with a touch of humor" -Virginia
"I liked everything. so good. this guy is becoming one of my favorites. he has so much great knowledge and keeps it interesting and entertaining" -Noelle
"The whole presentation was detailed and thoroughly researched and presented" -Kathleen
"Extremely informative, interesting and easy to follow the presentation." -Shirley
"Speaker was excellent! Focused! Sense of humor. Knowledgeable & a full 1 & 1/2 of info" -Michael
"Great humor used to explore a serious topic that is incredibly relevant for our times." -Jennifer
"Excellent speaker and subject matter" -Phyllis
"It was interesting to hear about efforts that went beyond Lindburgh and the Bund." -Linda
"Very interesting and unique information." -Scott
"Very interesting information and historical facts." -Elizabeth
"Knowledgeable speaker. Good historical photos." -Alice
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