"The product of over a decade of research, this book documents the work of the Los Angeles Jewish Community Committee in infiltrating and combating Nazi groups in Los Angeles between 1934 and 1941.The LAJCC findings quoted here will surprise readers in showing how extensive and active pro-Nazi groups were in Southern California. Rosenzweig has produced a fine, very-well-documented study."
"If you have little interest in intrigue, history, and unearthing new worlds, then by all means read no further. If, however, you want to read a vitally important story, skillfully written by a new and gifted voice in the world of modern Jewish history, then pull up a chair and begin. You are in for an exciting ride!"
—Rabbi David Woznica, Stephen Wise Temple
- "Laura Rosenzweig uncovers a fascinating history of systematic Jewish efforts to infiltrate pro-Nazi organizations in Los Angeles in the 1930s. She tells the story with verve and vigor, raising important questions about American Jewish political activism in the years leading up to the Holocaust."
—Deborah Dash Moore, author of Jewish New York: The Remarkable Story of a City and a People
"A welcome new voice in the world of Jewish writing and scholarship, Laura Rosenzweig has produced a book that tells a virtually unknown story and that deserves to be told, the struggle by American Jews to infiltrate and discredit pro-Nazi antisemites. Rosenzweig is a gifted storyteller and the story she tells in Hollywood's Spies is an important one."
—Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, author of Jewish Literacy
"Expertly mining a previously unexplored treasure trove of covert reports, Laura Rosenzweig’s carefully researched monograph sheds new light on Berlin-sponsored pro-Nazi activity in America and on the daring defense work of one American Jewish organization in response to that activity. Rosenzweig carefully documents the Los Angeles Jewish Community Committee’s extensive undercover surveillance of hostile groups in Southern California and provides a brilliant analysis of its impact on national perceptions of the domestic pro-Nazi menace. Demonstrating the active role of Jewish Hollywood moguls and detailing the cloak-and-dagger exploits of individual informants, Rosenzweig adds a new dimension to our understanding of American Jewish responses to domestic antisemitism."
—Ellen Eisenberg, author of The First to Cry Down Injustice? Western Jews and Japanese Removal During WWII
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