The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Pre-War American Nazis

There Were American Nazi Summer Camps Across the US in the 1930s
From the perspective of the 21st Century, the superficial impression is that the American people were completely united in the fight against fascism before, during and after World War II.  As this post on Gizmodo reveals, however, not everyone in the U.S. during the 1930's was anti-Nazi.  On the contrary, there were a number of pro-Nazi, not just pro-German, groups in America at the time; and several set up summer camps that bore striking resemblance to the Hitler Youth, although there was never any official connection between the German government and these organizations. 

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