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The Resource Hustling Hitler : the Jewish vaudevillian who fooled the Führer, Walter Shapiro

Hustling Hitler : the Jewish vaudevillian who fooled the Führer, Walter Shapiro

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Hustling Hitler : the Jewish vaudevillian who fooled the Führer
Title
Hustling Hitler
Title remainder
the Jewish vaudevillian who fooled the Führer
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Walter Shapiro
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Language
eng
Summary
"From acclaimed journalist Walter Shapiro, the true life story of how his great-uncle--a Jewish vaudeville impresario and exuberant con man--managed to cheat Hitler's agents in the run-up to WWII. Vaudeville manager, boxing promoter, stock swindler, card shark and self-proclaimed 'Jade King of China,' Freeman Bernstein was a master of exuberant excess and no stranger to the hard-hand of the law. But the charges he was arrested for on the evening of February 18, 1937, outside of a Hollywood starlet's home, were more serious than those he had ever encountered before. The most powerful and feared man in the world--Adolf Hitler--claimed that Bernstein had committed fraud against the German government. While living in Shanghai in 1936, Bernstein had been asked to procure a large quantity of nickel for the Germans. Nickel was essential to make stainless steel for armaments, and impossible at that time for Germany to openly buy on the international markets. When the shipments arrived from Canada, bearing Bernstein's stamp of approval, the Germans found only huge, useless quantities of scrap metal and tin: a huge blow to their economy and war preparations. All his life, journalist Walter Shapiro assumed that the outlandish stories about his great uncle Freeman were exaggerated pieces of family lore; a cockamamie Jewish revenge fantasy dreamt up to entertain the kids and venerate their larger-than-life relative. But in recent years, Shapiro decided to search for the truth, and in this fascinating exploration of Bernstein's life, he investigates the incredible possibility that a New York Jew--born in 1873 to Polish immigrants--may have been responsible for a critical shortage of Nazi resources in the early years of World War II. Shapiro's easy narrative naturally evokes Bernstein's colorful world: from the smell of the grease paint backstage in a seedy turn-of-the-century vaudeville house in Bayonne, to the roar from the ringside seats of a top-rated 1923 middleweight bout in Mexico City, and the ominous sense of what it must have been like for an American Jew to be arranging shady business dealings in Germany in 1936. A thrilling and page-turning read, Hustling Hitler is the untold story of the larger-than-life, eternal hustler who changed the course of history"--
Summary
An award-winning political columnist describes how his exuberant, flamboyant and prone-to-excess great uncle, Freeman Bernstein, scammed Hitler and the Nazi regime in the 1930s by selling them rusted auto bodies and old tin cans in lieu of high-grade Canadian nickel
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Provided by publisher
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individual biography
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10516197
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DLC
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Shapiro, Walter
Dewey number
  • 338.092
  • B
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Bernstein, Freeman
  • Jews
  • Swindlers and swindling
  • Businessmen
  • Nickel
  • Germany
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Entertainers
  • Shapiro, Walter
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical
Target audience
adult
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the Jewish vaudevillian who fooled the Führer
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Hustling Hitler : the Jewish vaudevillian who fooled the Führer, Walter Shapiro
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
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ocn944956227
Extent
1 volume.
Isbn
9780399161476
Lccn
2016010868
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)944956227
Label
Hustling Hitler : the Jewish vaudevillian who fooled the Führer, Walter Shapiro
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn944956227
Extent
1 volume.
Isbn
9780399161476
Lccn
2016010868
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)944956227

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