Vintage Photographs From 1933 That You Did Nazi Coming

If you thought Donald Trump rallies in New York were intolerant, check out these vintage photographs of a mass meeting of the Friends of New Germany, the predecessor to the American Bund or American Nazi Party, at Madison Square Garden from the 1930s.

After the dissolution of the Friends, a successive group, officially unconnected to the German government, was formed — the German American Bund. The Bund continued the campaigns of anti-Semitism, anti-Communism and violent rhetoric, but wrapped them in patriotic, pro-American symbolism, holding up portraits of George Washington as “the first Fascist.” The Bund reached the height of its prominence on February 20, 1939, when some 20,000 members held a “Pro-America Rally” in Madison Square Garden.

The images almost seem out of a dystopian future with the juxtaposition of the swastika and George Washington. Read the full article for more information on our slightly darker past.

A mass meeting of members of the Friends of New Germany.
A mass meeting of members of the Friends of New Germany.
May 17, 1934
May 17, 1934
May 17, 1934
May 17, 1934
May 18, 1934
May 18, 1934
May 18, 1934
May 18, 1934
Oct. 6, 1935
Oct. 6, 1935
Boys in uniform salute during a pro-Nazi rally.
Boys in uniform salute during a pro-Nazi rally.
The principal speakers arrive to open the German American Bund "Americanization" rally.
The principal speakers arrive to open the German American Bund "Americanization" rally.
Fritz Kuhn, leader of the German American Bund, addresses the Nazi rally as protesters clash with police outside.
Fritz Kuhn, leader of the German American Bund, addresses the Nazi rally as protesters clash with police outside.
Supporters salute the banner of the German American Bund.
Supporters salute the banner of the German American Bund.

via Mashable

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