The Oviatt Library at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is partnering with the Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program to host a book discussion and signing by Laura Rosenzweig, PhD, author of Hollywood's Spies: The Undercover Surveillance of Nazis in Los Angeles, a L.A. Times Bestseller and National Jewish Book Awards finalist.
In Hollywood's Spies, Rosenzweig recovers the true and untold story of how the Jewish executives of the motion picture industry in the 1930s paid private investigators to infiltrate Nazi groups operating in Los Angeles. The information collected by Hollywood's spies provided local, federal and congressional officials with critical evidence of nativist sedition and German meddling in American political culture. Drawing on more than 15,000 pages of archival documents, Laura B. Rosenzweig offers a compelling narrative to reveal the role that Jewish Americans played in combating insurgent Nazism in the United States during the 1930s. Rosenzweig was a regular visitor to the CSUN campus, as she conducted considerable hours of research in the Los Angeles Jewish Community Relations Committee archives - one of the most highly consulted archives used in the Oviatt Library, sought out by researchers, national and international visiting scholars, and CSUN faculty and students.