Summer Camp In 1930's Long Island, Hitler Youth Style
During the 1930s, many young German Americans attended Camp Siegfried on Long Island, 60 miles from The Statue of Liberty. Their summer camp immersion entailed learning Nazi ideology, singing German folk songs, goosestepping and Heil Hitlering away, and sleeping in bunks with Swastikas emblazoned above the doorways.
Camp Siegfried was among the pro-Nazi summer camps affiliated with the German-American Bund. The organization was homegrown and by 1941 had 25,000 members. Camp Siegfried was restricted to German Americans, named streets after prominent Germans, including Hitler, Goering, Goebbels, and the Long Island Railroad even ran an 8 AM “Camp Siegfried Special” to ferry visitors from Manhattan. After Germany declared war on America following the bombing of Pearl Harbor authorities closed Camp Siegfried. The land was seized until the courts forced the return of this private property.
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