Gangsters & Organized Crime in Jewish Chicago by Alex Garel-Frantzen
You may think you know everything about the Roaring Twenties in the Windy City, but in the early twentieth century, the harsh environment of the Maxwell Street ghetto produced a proliferation of Jewish gangsters involved in everything from labor racketeering to white slavery. Their illegal activity offended their own community’s value system and sparked rifts between Reform and Orthodox Jews.
A resident of Buffalo Grove, a Chicago suburb, Alex graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where he was awarded the Department of History Scholarship for Outstanding Senior Honors Thesis and the Martha Belle Barrett Scholarship for Undergraduate Academic Excellence.
Swastika nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German-American Bund by Arnie Bernstein
In the late 1930s, the German–American Bund, led by its popinjay dictator Fritz Kuhn, was a small but powerful national movement, determined to conquer the United States government with a fascist dictatorship.
Arnie Bernstein learned firsthand about American Nazis as a high school student, when a group of neo-fascists threatened to march in his neighborhood, known for its large Jewish population. Bernstein's nonfiction tale Bath Massacre: America's First School Bombing was honored as a Notable Book of the Year by the State Library of Michigan.
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