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San Diego U-T Op/Ed on Nationalism and the Immigration Crisis

Written by: James W. Huston Published: November 30, 2015

The San Diego Union-Tribune published my op/ed today on growing nationalism, neo-Nazism and the general backlash to the growing immigration crisis.  You can read it here.

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Fast forward to 1938.  Many laws had been in place to oppress Jews since Hitler took over as Chancellor in 1933.  But it came to a head for the world to see in 1938. It became known as Kristallnacht, or the night of the broken glass.  A thousand Jewish synagogues and seven thousand shops were attacked, leaving broken glass in the streets.  But far worse, more than ninety Jews were murdered, and thirty thousand were arrested and put in concentration camps.

The world was outraged. The US recalled its ambassador, but did not break off relations with Germany.  Roosevelt also refused to ease the restrictions on Jewish immigration to the US.

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Today is the Anniversary of Hitler’s Beer Hall Coup and the Creation of The Blood Flag

Written by: James W. Huston Published: November 10, 2015

50388468-HToday November 9th, marks the anniversary of Hitler‚Äôs famous Beer Hall Putsch (coup) in 1923. It was on this date, that the thirty-four year old Hitler took over the B√ľrgerbr√§ukeller, a massive beer hall, and marched on Munich to take over Bavaria. Mussolini had marched on Rome and established himself as Il Duce the year before. Hitler hoped to emulate him.

He stood on a chair in the B√ľrgerbr√§ukeller and fired his revolver into the air. He screamed for those present to rally to him. He had his Brownshirts, the SA, bar the doors from the outside until everyone was with him. Six hundred men were inside the beer hall, and thousands of Brownshirts stood outside. Hitler declared, ‚ÄúOne last thing I can tell you. Either the German revolution begins tonight or we will all be dead by dawn!‚ÄĚ

The crowd roared, the doors were opened, and the march began to the center of town, joined by the Brownshirts. Two thousand men marched on Munich behind Hitler, Hess and Göring. The coup was on!

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OP/ED in The Strand Mystery Magazine

Written by: James W. Huston Published: November 2, 2015

fitzgerald_issue_smThe Strand just posted my op/ed on how I initially came up with the idea for The Blood Flag.  You can read it here.

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