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Charles Lindbergh's Secret Lives, White Supremacist Nazi, Multiple Families

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'Uncovering Charles Lindbergh's Secret Lives,' Children's Book, by Steve Sheinkin, NYT, *Feb. 20, 2020. - Excerpts, Ed:

When writing nonfiction for young readers, it’s never a bad idea to start with someone cutting off his arm. It’s a definite grabber, and, as Candace Fleming tells us in this rich and unflinching biography, THE RISE AND FALL OF CHARLES LINDBERGH, the scene sheds light on one of the most famous and controversial Americans of the 20th century. What happened is simple enough: In the Minnesota woods in the summer of 1861, Lindbergh’s grandfather, a recent immigrant from Sweden, got his arm caught in a sawmill. The wound was horrific; the man’s beating heart was visible through the hole in his side. He was expected to die. But he refused. By sheer force of will, according to family lore, he was soon out of bed and back to work.



- The aviator with many secrets.

Born 41 years after the incident, Charles Lindbergh grew up enthralled by the tale, coming to see himself in the story. He was born of special stock, he concluded, stronger than others, destined for greater things. Fleming calls this section “The Origin Story,” and that’s fitting. Lindbergh developed an “exaggerated confidence,” as she puts it, that became a kind of superpower. Examples of Lindbergh using and misusing it run like a spine through his story. Charles was a restless kid, a loner and a terrible student, the kind of person who was only happy when obsessed with a challenge of his own choosing. He had no use for the flashy lure of the Roaring 20s, but the budding field of aviation — that was worth his time. At 25, he flew solo from New York to Paris, a feat of skill and daring that catapulted him to a level of public scrutiny beyond anything we’ll ever see with today’s crowded 24-hour news cycle. Lindbergh was badly suited to stardom.

He looked the part, but was intensely private and socially awkward, and he came to resent the relentless adulation.

Fleming does a masterly job juggling story lines, from Lindbergh’s marriage and flying partnership with Anne Morrow, to the kidnapping of their son and the resulting media circus, to Lindbergh’s quest to invent machines that could prolong the “right” sort of human life — a demented vision born of his belief in white supremacy. He began spending time in Nazi Germany, impressed with what he saw as strength and order. He parroted Nazi talking points about Germany’s “Jewish problem” and dismissed Hitler’s increasingly violent anti-Semitism as trivial. When World War II erupted in Europe, Lindbergh jumped into the “America First” movement, an isolationist group that came to be dominated by Nazi sympathizers. At raucous rallies, Lindbergh attacked American journalists as “dishonest parasites” under the control of “dangerous elements.” He urged the country to close its borders to “alien blood,” while loyal crowds berated protesters with chants of “Throw him out! Throw him out!”

Reading the book becomes an interactive experience, with Lindbergh inspiring awe in one chapter, empathy in another, then disappointment and disgust, with a steady supply of “Who is this guy?” We get the sense even Anne didn’t understand the man she was living with, and this suspicion is confirmed when Lindbergh’s stunning secret life is revealed in the book’s final section.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/20/books/review/the-rise-and-fall-of-charles-lindbergh-candace-fleming.html
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- Sen. Burton K. Wheeler (L) and Charles Lindbergh (R) at an 'America First' rally in New York, May 23, 1941.
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- Charles Lindbergh and the Rise of 1940s Nazi Sympathizers, Smithsonian Channel. Lindbergh may have been known as a legendary pilot, but he had another, more sinister position in American History: as a Nazi sympathizer and spokesperson for the America First Committee. From the Series: America In Color: The 1940s, http://bit.ly/1940sinColor
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- 'Lindbergh's Double Life,' The Charles Lindbergh House & Museum, Minnesota Historical Society
https://www.mnhs.org/lindbergh/learn/family/double-life

After World War II, Lindbergh served as a consultant to the US Air Force and to Pan American World Airways. He continued to travel frequently. In 1957, Lindbergh, then 55, met and fell in love with Brigitte Hesshaimer, a 31-year-old hat maker living in Munich, Germany. They began a long-term affair that only ended with his death in 1974. They kept their relationship a secret, even from their children, Dyrk, Astrid, and David. Lindbergh would visit Brigitte two or three times a year, introducing himself to the children as Mr. Careu Kent.

At the same time, Lindbergh was also involved in secret long-term relationships with Hesshaimer’s sister, Marietta, and a third woman, Valeska, Lindbergh’s German translator and private secretary. Lindbergh had two children with each of these women and again kept the identity of his fatherhood a secret. Ten days before his death in 1974, Lindbergh wrote letters to his three mistresses, asking them to continue “utmost secrecy,” which they did until Astrid confronted her mother in the 1990s...
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*'Charles Lindbergh's Double Life,' DW (German World), 2005,
New biography of 20th century icon Charles A. Lindbergh reveals more about his secret double life: he had three families & seven children in Europe in addition to his American one. https://www.dw.com/en/lindberghs-double-life/a-1620936-0



- German Lindbergh sons Dyrk (left) & David Hesshaimer wanted to end the secrecy.

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Reply Charles Lindbergh's Secret Lives, White Supremacist Nazi, Multiple Families (Original post)
appalachiablue Jan 2021 OP
frazzled Jan 2021 #1
dhill926 Jan 2021 #4
Behind the Aegis Jan 2021 #11
dchill Jan 2021 #2
hibbing Jan 2021 #3
appalachiablue Jan 2021 #5
littlemissmartypants Jan 2021 #21
Mazeltov Cocktail Jan 2021 #6
appalachiablue Jan 2021 #7
mitch96 Jan 2021 #8
appalachiablue Jan 2021 #9
mitch96 Jan 2021 #10
appalachiablue Jan 2021 #12
roamer65 Jan 2021 #20
Karadeniz Jan 2021 #13
frazzled Jan 2021 #15
Karadeniz Jan 2021 #16
marble falls Jan 2021 #14
appalachiablue Jan 2021 #17
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appalachiablue Jan 2021 #19

Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 02:10 PM

1. I hope people watched "The Plot Against America" this past year

or at least read the Philip Roth novel on which it was based. It's a fictional (though frighteningly realistic) story in which "An alternate American history during World War II is told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey as they endure the political rise of Charles Lindbergh, who captures the presidency and turns the nation toward fascism."

Chillingly relevant to our own times, the film version (a series on HBO) was compellingly acted and beautifully directed and filmed. The ending still sends chills up my spine.

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Response to frazzled (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 02:29 PM

4. that was a fantastic mini-series...

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Response to frazzled (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 04:10 PM

11. I watched it and read the book.

And yes, I agree, people should watch it/read it or both! Frankly, it almost aligned to what we saw on January 6th in some respects.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 02:13 PM

2. K&R.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 02:14 PM

3. America First

Wow, how things sometimes do not change. Trump humpers would love this guy.


Peace

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Response to hibbing (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 02:36 PM

5. FDR knew what he was & kept watch. Nazi 'Carl' would be at home today.

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Response to hibbing (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 18, 2021, 02:11 AM

21. Brings to mind the quote, "There's nothing new under the sun." nt

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 02:37 PM

6. You know, I have been reading some very disturbing stories about this guy...

In the last couple of years, stories about the multiple families, the Nazi support, the genetic superiority keep showing up. He certainly is not the man I was led to believe he was when I was growing up.

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Response to Mazeltov Cocktail (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 03:08 PM

7. Turns out he was a real creep, poor wife Anne. FDR knew

he was a rat and kept eyes on him. As a child and young adult in the 1920s and 30s my mom regarded Lindy as special like Americans Edison, Ford, etc. I'm rather glad she didn't hear of Lindbergh's fascism and creepiness which has come out more in the last 15 years.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 03:35 PM

8. Ford was a huge antisemite.. Even bought a news paper to spread his shit about the "jewish problem"

Ford helped Hitler with modernizing German assembly lines to increase production... From what Ive read Lindbergh became a big flag waver once the war started. He even helped increase the range of the P-38 fighter and supposedly shot down a Japanese plane while "observing" an aircraft patrol.. He got his hand slapped and never flew during the war again... Not because of the problem of him getting shot down but the generals would have a public relations nightmare explaining why a civilian was in a fighter in a dangerous situation...
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Response to mitch96 (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 03:44 PM

9. Ford, a real fascist antisemite with the newspaper

and Jewish 'Protocols' bunk which he helped spread thru dealerships everywhere. The young French Canadian mistress and son he set up in a large, private estate in Michigan. Ford even accepted an award from Hitler. ~ Lindy's flying in the war and incident with the Japanese plane I didn't know about. As FDR and others knew, he was a traitor.

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 04:04 PM

10. " Lindy's flying in the war". There was a program on the History channel about the P-38 fighter and

This was one of the little side stories in the program.. I love the side stories...
Here is the Youtube version of the story. It starts at about 28 min into the program if you're interested.
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Response to mitch96 (Reply #10)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 04:33 PM

12. Thanks, I'll check it out.

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #9)

Sat Jan 16, 2021, 02:35 AM

20. Henry Ford was an awful person.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 04:40 PM

13. OK... trying to figure out how this could ever be construed as material for a children's book, as

Paragraph1 indicates. I must be missing something!!!

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Response to Karadeniz (Reply #13)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 05:54 PM

15. First, it's for ages 12 and up

The reviewer explains at the end:

So many kids (and former kids) think of history as nothing more than names and dates to regurgitate on a test paper, then forget. Books like this one change the game, giving young readers a story to dive into, to wrestle with, quite possibly to shout at in fury. And that’s a beautiful thing.


Hopefully, in telling this distressing, but all too relevant story, it will give teens something to think about, by demystifying the supposed heroics of men whose names they’ve heard about but know nothing.

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Response to frazzled (Reply #15)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 05:56 PM

16. I agree with that goal. Henry Ford needs to be exposed.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 05:43 PM

14. They both had relationships outside their marriage, though Morrow did not learn of ...

... her husband's until his passing.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #14)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 08:23 PM

17. How continental, a pair of fashionable fascist swingers. I wonder

if his Deutsche kindertribe is also right wing, jawohl!

When the photos of Carl, Anne and Adolph surface I'll be ready.





Hitler with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor in1937 after the abdication.

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #17)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 10:32 PM

18. Lindbergh had 7 children by 3 German women (two of them sisters) in the late 50's to late 60's.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #18)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 10:39 PM

19. I know, included in the main post are two articles about the

3 additional relationships with a photo of two sons who resemble him.

It's why I commented whether his 'Deutsche kinder'/German children also hold far right views.

The old boy was busy in his later years.

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