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German American Bund: Activities

At the height of the Bund's power, national membership estimates varied from an exaggerated 50,000 to the FBI's count of 6,600. In Los Angeles, Bundists probably numbered no more than 500 active meetings, rallies and parties at Deutsches Haus and Hindenburg Park in La Crescenta. The Bund's highly publicized activities attracted the curious as well as the sympathetic.

The Bund held grand celebrations at the Deutsches Haus to commemorate the successes of Hitler and the Third Reich, such as the "liberation" of Sudetenland and the "Anschluss" of Austria.

At Hindenburg Park, the Bund held dances and "patriotic" assemblies. They often featured speakers from other native fascists groups including The Silver Legion and Militant Christian patriots. Bundists believed meetings with other fascists were an effective way to reach a greater American audience.

During summers in the 1930s, several recreation areas nationwide including Hindenburg Park served as the district site for Camp Sutter, a youth camp of the national Jugendschaft movement. The Jugenschaft or "Community of Youngsters" modeled itself after the Hitler Youth in Germany. Children were indoctrinated with the customs, ideals and traditions of Germany under the Third Reich.
Nazi Germany: I lived with the Brown Shirts (booklet)

Nazi Germany: I lived with the Brown Shirts (booklet)

Programme of the Party of Hitler (booklet)

Programme of the Party of Hitler (booklet)

Hans Diebel at Firing Range (photograph)

Hans Diebel at Firing Range (photograph)

Wake Up Patriotic Americans (business card)

Wake Up Patriotic Americans (business card)

Aryan Bookstore book list (booklist)

Aryan Bookstore book list (booklist)

Giant Pro-American Rally (flier)

Giant Pro-American Rally (flier)

La Crescenta Park: Your ideal picnic grounds (brochure)

La Crescenta Park: Your ideal picnic grounds (brochure)

Children at Hindenburg Park (photograph)

Children at Hindenburg Park (photograph)

Day of National Labor and Mayday Festival (ticket)

Day of National Labor and Mayday Festival (ticket)

Selling Newspapers at Hindenburg Park (photograph)

Selling Newspapers at Hindenburg Park (photograph)

Deutscher Tag im Hindenburg Park (postcard)

Deutscher Tag im Hindenburg Park (postcard)

California Weckruf. Offizielles Organ des Bundes Freunde des Neuen "Deutschland" (newspaper)

California Weckruf (newspaper)

Red Network Bulletin: Wanted - a Presidential "Man on a white horse." (pamphlet)

Aryan Bookstore Vandalized (photograph)

News of the World (newspaper)

News of the World (newspaper)

German American Bund members march at Hindenburg Park (photograph)

German American Bund members march at Hindenburg Park (photograph)

Swastika display at Hindenburg Park (photograph)

Swastika display at Hindenburg Park (photograph)

Diebel on speaker platform (photograph)

Diebel on speaker platform (photograph)

Visiting naval cadets at Hindenburg Park (photograph)

Visiting naval cadets at Hindenburg Park (photograph)

Bund choir group (photograph)

Bund choir group (photograph)

Bishop A. Dunstan Bell at Hindenburg Park rally (photograph)

Bishop A. Dunstan Bell at Hindenburg Park rally (photograph)