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Off The Path: How Did A Connecticut Town Take On The Nazis?

Southbury residents protest a proposed German-American Bund camp in 1937.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
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Southbury residents protest a proposed German-American Bund camp in 1937.

American Nazis built dozens of youth camps around the U.S. in the years leading up to World War II. The purpose was to indoctrinate German-American kids into the Nazi ideology. There’s only one place we know of that stood up to them and ran them out of town: Southbury, Connecticut.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.