Charles Lindbergh may have been known as a legendary pilot but he was also a Nazi sympathizer and spokesperson for the America First Committee.

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In 1935, after enduring a three-year ordeal involving the kidnapping and murder of their first born son and the trial of the man accused of committing the crime, Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh chose to flee the country that had made them national icons. Charles, whose battles with the media over issues of privacy were long-standing, confided to a friend that, “We Americans are a primitive people. …Americans seem to have little respect for the law or the rights of others.” The Lindberghs found sanctuary in the English countryside. Two years later, they moved again, this time to a tiny island off the northwest coast of France. One reason for their choice of locales was so Charles could work more closely with Dr. Alexis Carrel, a Nobel-pr… Continue Reading (7 minute read)

13 thoughts on “Charles Lindbergh may have been known as a legendary pilot but he was also a Nazi sympathizer and spokesperson for the America First Committee.”

  1. Yorkies4Ever

    After Lindbergh died it came out that he had a second family in Germany (three kids)

  2. BaatNiet

    Henry Ford traveled in similar circles I believe. Would not be surprised to learn it was a common type of sentiment back then in corporate environments.

  3. Woodentit_B_Lovely

    Lindbergh Baby kidnapper, Hauptmann’s connections to the German American Bund can’t have been a coincidence


    Also, this dude had three mistresses in Germany whom he visited a couple times a year. Two of them sisters. Making it likely he not only completed the first transatlantic flight but also the first transatlantic booty call.

  5. lurkingninja

    Bill Bryson’s book One Summer discusses this. I would highly recommend it. One of his better books imo.

  6. Ebiker507

    One of the little-known facts about Lindbergh is that he managed to tour the Pacific front in WWII and flew 50 combat missions against the Japanese, as a civilian.

  7. idontknowmaybenot

    Have you seen the plot against America on HBO? Check it out.

  8. greed-man

    After the onset of WW II in 1939, Texaco’s CEO, Torkild Rieber, an admirer of Hitler, hired pro-Nazi assistants who cabled Berlin “coded information about ships leaving New York for Britain and what their cargoes were.” This espionage easily enabled Hitler to destroy the ships. In 1940, Rieber was forced to resign when his connections with German Nazism, and his illegal supply of oil to the fascist forces during the Spanish Civil War were made public.

  9. SnowshoeTaboo

    The Plot Against America is a very good mini series that showed what might have happened if this treasonous prick would have been listened to by more than the normal amount of idiots.

  10. adventurelandlady

    He is one person from history I loathe. Usually when I tell people they think maybe I shouldn’t hold a grudge, but he is the worst!

  11. notagoodboye

    Up until the beginning of the war, when he fell in line with everyone else and denounced them.

    Remember, in the 30’s, Hitler was seen as a good thing for Germany, and a strong leader.

  12. ParevArev

    America First…hmmm, where have I heard that before?

  13. micfrachi59

    I’ve known this since I was a child. The US needs to rewrite their history books.

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