Off the Path from New York to Boston

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

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.

Left, comedian John Oliver, right Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton.
Greg Allen and Jessica Hill / Associated Press

For Off the Path's last episode of 2020, Davis takes us to a place that may be the perfect symbol for the year — a sewage treatment plant in Danbury, Connecticut. This unlikely tourist attraction ended up on the map this year thanks to comedian John Oliver, host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight.

Thousands of animals — and not just dogs and cats — have their final resting place in the oldest pet cemetery in the United States. It’s a family-owned business, lovingly cared for on a five-acre hillside just outside New York City.

The 1964 movie "The Horror of Party Beach" has been called one of the worst films of all time. And yet it’s become a cult classic. It was filmed — on a beach — in Stamford, Connecticut.

Left: "Freedom from Fear," one of Norman Rockwell's "Four Freedoms" paintings. Right: "Freedom from What?" by Stockbridge artist Pops Peterson, a take on Rockwell's "Freedom from Fear."
Courtesy of the Norman Rockwell Museum

The Norman Rockwell museum in Stockbridge, Mass., has welcomed back four old friends. They were touring the country for two years. The “friends” are illustrations called the “Four Freedoms” that Rockwell based on a speech given by President Roosevelt before the US entered World War II. They still hold a lot of resonance today.