The Lindbergh Kidnapping Hoax 

 Charles Lindbergh, Anti-Semitism and the Hauptmann Trial

 

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Photo  -  CAL & Burt Wheeler - 1941 Madison Sq Garden America First Rally.

 Was Charles Lindbergh an anti-Semite? 

  LINDBERGH AND HITLER  1941

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    The Plot Against America  by  Philip Roth           Ron Rosenbaum on Spielberg, Roth & Lindbergh

    Listen to Lindbergh, American Isolationist and Nazi Sympathizer,  Urges "Neutrality"  

    Henry Ford was Lindbergh's hero, from childhood throughout his adult life. 

    Read  Henry Ford's opinion of the "Jewish Problem"   from his own editorials in  The Dearborn Independant

  Freedom of Information Act - 1368 pages FBI Files 

  Is Lindbergh A Nazi?  (PDF)  Friends of Democracy 1941

Fascism Part II: The Rise of American Fascism  by Geoff Price - March 11, 2004

  Dr Seuss - Theodore Geissel - attacked America First and Charles Lindbergh

   Woody Guthrie's Song About Lindbergh

                           Goering Photo Found In Lindbergh Home

                    Lindbergh's Secret German Children

The controversy regarding this question will never end. Everyone sees it differently. But, Charles Lindbergh's lifelong argument, like Pat Buchanan's today,  that the United States never should have fought Hitler, caused many people to condemn him as an anti-Semite. Even his own friends abandoned him on this issue as many allies of Pat Buchanan today shake their head in disgust.

It is believed by some, including Scott Berg evidently, that it is possible for someone to blame American Jews for the United States' involvement in World War II and NOT be an anti-Semite.   Lindbergh, like Buchanan, was opposed to war with the greatest killer of Jews in history yet his family-authorized biographer refuses to call him what he was - an unrepentant anti-Semite and White Supremacist. Lindbergh, and his friend, Nobel scientist Alexis Carrel, were both Eugenicists, believers in the physical and mental superiority of white Nordic people. 

Scott Berg, has, on more than one speaking engagement, unabashedly referred to the aviator's  stubborn tenacity in holding on to his anti-social beliefs as an "admirable quality."  It is a good example of what happens when a biographer gets too close to his subject - or, his subject's family.

But,  Lindbergh's pre-war, anti-Semitic speeches have puzzled historians and Lindy buffs alike. It is an aspect of Lindbergh's life that hardly seems appropriate to a discussion about the death of his child or the trial of the supposed kidnapper. Yet, according to Gregory Ahlgren and Stephen Monier, authors of Crime of the Century: The Lindbergh Kidnapping Hoax, there is a very surprising and plausible connection.

 Family-Authorized Lindbergh Bio  

With the recent publications of two family-authorized tales - the aviator's youngest child, Reeve, - Under A Wing   and Scott Berg's Lindbergh, the battle to redefine what the "hero" really meant when he made those blatantly anti-Semitic speeches is now in full swing. Their cause had almost been joined by Stephen Spielberg who planned a filmed reappraisal, based on Berg's book,  of the "real" Charles  Lindbergh.

Since Spielberg's film was going to be based upon Berg's opinions of Lindbergh many people were worried. The Forward published Ronelle Delmont's lengthy critique of Berg's biography and Spielberg's intended movie.  Several days later Stephen Spielberg  announced, in the New York Times, that he had canceled production of the movie. He said he was sorry that he did not read Berg's bio of Lindbergh before he purchased it. Spielberg's company, DreamWorks, paid multi-millions for the bio six months before its publication and never read a single word of it! 

Lindbergh, he told the Press, was his hero as a child. According to some reports in various magazines, his desire was originally to complete a trilogy  - Schindler, Ryan, and Lindbergh!

  So, what's all this got to do with the Trial?  

If Ahlgren and Monier are correct in theorizing that Charles Lindbergh accidentally killed his son in a failed prank and covered up the mishap with the red herring of a "kidnap" hoax, the rest of his pro- Nazi, anti-Semitic behavior is entirely understandable. In fact, their theory unravels a psychological puzzle about Lindbergh's weird behavior. He was not a man yearning to make speeches. So, what drove Lindbergh to get on the airwaves, into the newspapers and even into Madison Square Garden rallies?  

At Flemington, each day, the Colonel would take his seat at the Prosecution table and watch the horrific circus described by every journalist who had the "good" fortune to attend. (Many careers were "made" by this lynching.) Lindbergh's outrageous testimony, swearing, under oath, that he recognized Bruno Richard Hauptmann  from just three words uttered two and a half years earlier,  in a Bronx cemetery, is not humanly possible.  Yet, it was Lindbergh's  finger-pointing testimony that sealed Hauptmann's death. Who were jurors going to believe anyway? The German, illegal immigrant carpenter? Or the famous aviator? 

According to Ahlgren and Monier the responsibility for Hauptmann's electrocution ought to have created some sort of inner conflict in the subconscious mind of the daredevil pilot who would surely have admired Hauptmann's bravery. 

"The Jews made me do it" 

If any single person in the Flemington Courthouse knew, and admired,  the bravery of an innocent man facing a lynch mob it would have to be Charles Lindbergh. However, rather than deal with his own complicity in this fiasco Lindbergh would have had to twist the facts, in his own mind,  so that he could absolve himself of any wrongdoing. 

Lindbergh, knowing there had never been a kidnapping at all,  watched silently as David Wilentz ( a Jew, born in Latvia) framed Hauptmann.  Now he could be free of guilt - the Jews were framing innocent Germans - just as Hitler claims! Lindbergh could have absolved himself by blaming Hauptmann's death on a ruthless Jewish lawyer - and, by extension,  all Jews.  The whole group could then become Lindbergh's scapegoat as they were, at that time,  in the Third Reich.

 Actually, there were two other Jewish men involved in this case and Lindbergh would also have, in his own mind, used as a reason to absolve himself.  Mickey Rosner, a gangster who Lindbergh hired and paid $2,500.00 to find his son and Isidor Fisch, BRH's Jewish partner who swindled him out of $7,000.00 and left him a shoebox filled with ransom money.

  The  Forward  ought to be commended for publishing a letter by Ronelle Delmont that attempted to explain the connection between Lindbergh's anti-Semitism, the death of his son, and the death of Bruno Richard Hauptmann.  Her critique also deals with Scott Berg's apologist approach to his subject and was originally submitted to the NY Times but was completely ignored. 

Forward editors omitted some explanatory parts and so it is presented here in full with red brackets around the edited portions.