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When a Jewish Laborer Took on 20,000 US Nazis

As we see the rise of anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred and prejudice today, we might be tempted to think this is a modern problem. However, our nation has long faced such hateful people and ideologies. The Times of Israel's Stuart Winer writes about a new documentary that tells the story of a regular American man - a Jewish laborer - who tried to disrupt a 1939 gathering of 20,000 American Nazis:

A new short documentary compiles archived footage to recall an event held in New York on the eve of World War II in which tens of thousands of people gathered at New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden venue to cheer on US Nazis at what was billed as a “pro-American rally.”

Documentary filmmaker Marshall Curry’s latest work includes the moments when a Jewish man was beaten to the floor as he tried to rush past dozens of uniformed Nazis on the stage in a failed attempt to disrupt the main speaker.

The seven-minute “A Night at the Garden” is made up of various clips showing the drama on the night of February 20, 1939, when 20,000 people packed into Madison Square Garden for a rally organized by the German American Bund, a Nazi movement led by German-American Fritz Julius Kuhn...

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