Hitler and America: Contradictions and Conspiracy

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Hitler and America: Contradictions and Conspiracy

<p>Hitler’s attitude towards the US was nothing if not contradictory. On the one hand Hitler seemed to be fascinated by the United States, referring to it as an industrial colossus worthy of imitation

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Hitler’s attitude towards the US was nothing if not contradictory. On the one hand Hitler seemed to be fascinated by the United States, referring to it as an industrial colossus worthy of imitation and was even watching American films, amusing himself with Mickey Mouse cartoons. On the other hand, he called America a feeble country and dreamt of seeing New York in flames. Shortly after he had declared war on the United States on December 11, 1941, Hitler wanted to show the Americans that they were not safe inside their own borders and authorized a secret sabotage mission, ‘Operation Pastorius’, against civilian targets in the USA, in June 1942. For Hitler, after conquering Europe, a final war for world domination against the United States would be essential and inevitable. We shine a light on Hitler’s policies towards, and plans for America.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Kahn, David, Hitler’s Spies (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1979)
  • Weinberg, Gerhard L., Hitler’s Second Book: A Document of the Year 1928 (Enigma, 2003)

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Introduction: Hitler’s views of the USA
  • Germany’s secret war against America
  • Operation Pastorius
  • The FBI & 'The Duquesne Spy Ring'


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Develop a better understanding of Hitler’s political views of the USA and the complex history of the Second World War.
  2. Gain an awareness of the variety of ways historians approach the past.