Lindbergh’s Loyalties

The picture above was taken in October 1938, Lindbergh received a silver cross from Herman Göring the then 2nd highest Nazi official.

Below is part of timeline of the Holocaust up to that point.

January 30

Adolf Hitler appointed Chancellor of Germany

March 22

Dachau concentration camp opens

April 1

Boycott of Jewish shops and businesses

April 7

Laws for Reestablishment of the Civil Service barred Jews from holding civil service, university, and state positions

April 26

Gestapo established

May 10

Public burning of books written by Jews, political dissidents, and others not approved by the state

July 14

Law stripping East European Jewish immigrants of German citizenship

May 31

Jews barred from serving in the German armed forces

September 15

“Nuremberg Laws”: anti-Jewish racial laws enacted; Jews no longer considered German citizens; Jews could not marry Aryans; nor could they fly the German flag

November 15

Germany defines a “Jew”: anyone with three Jewish grandparents; someone with two Jewish grandparents who identifies as a Jew

March 3

Jewish doctors barred from practicing medicine in German institutions

March 7

Germans march into the Rhineland, previously demilitarized by the Versailles Treaty

June 17

Himmler appointed the Chief of German Police


Sachsenhausen concentration camp opens

October 25

Hitler and Mussolini form Rome-Berlin Axis

July 15

Buchenwald concentration camp opens

March 13

Anschluss (incorporation of Austria): all antisemitic decrees immediately applied in Austria

April 26

Mandatory registration of all property held by Jews inside the Reich

July 6

Evian Conference held in Evian, France on the problem of Jewish refugees

August 1

Adolf Eichmann establishes the Office of Jewish Emigration in Vienna to increase the pace of forced emigration

August 3

Italy enacts sweeping antisemitic laws

September 30

Munich Conference: Great Britain and France agree to German occupation of the Sudetenland, previously western Czechoslovakia

October 5

Following request by Swiss authorities, Germans mark all Jewish passports with a large letter “J” to restrict Jews from immigrating to Switzerland

October 18

Lindbergh attended a dinner in Berlin with several distinguished guests. That evening Goering presented Lindbergh with the Service Cross of the German Eagle for his services to world aviation.

None of the previous events were secret, they were all widely reported. Yet Charles Lindbergh was happy enough to accept an award from a regime who at that point already murdered several thousand Jews, Political prisoners and people with disabilities.


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