This is the first systematic exploration of the nature and extent of sympathy for Nazi Germany at American universities during the 1930s. Universities were highly influential in shaping public opinion and many of the nation's most prominent university administrators refused to take a principled stand against the Hitler regime. Universities welcomed Nazi officials to campus and participated enthusiastically in student exchange programs with Nazified universities in Germany. American educators helped Nazi Germany improve its image in the West as it intensified its persecution of the Jews and strengthened its armed forces. The study contrasts the significant American grass-roots protest against Nazism that emerged as soon as Hitler assumed power with campus quiescence, and administrators' frequently harsh treatment of those students and professors who challenged their determination to maintain friendly relations with Nazi Germany.Here is a small extract on Roscoe Pound , the Dean of Harvard Law School from 1916 to 1936, who was one of the most influential legal scholars of the twentieth century. On page 57:
Dean Pound was known to be sympathetic to Hitler... Pound spent part of his vacation in Nazi Germany during the summers of 1934, 1936, and 1937... He claimed the freedom of speech prevailed in the Third Reich... On his return to the United States, Pound expressed his admiration of Hitler in the New York Herald Tribune and claimed that in Nazi Germany " there was no persecution of Jewish scholars or of Jews... who lived in [Germany] for any length of time."You'll want to buy this book. Check out the picture on page 56 of Roscoe Pound getting an honorary degree handed to him from Nazi Germany's ambassador to the United States in September 1934 from University of Berlin. Just a reminder the next time a Harvard professor talks about moral superiority.