Tragically, Nazis in the United States are suddenly the subject of national focus, due to the awful events of August 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. While this open display of neo-Nazism may seem sudden and out of nowhere to some, the hateful ideology has been simmering in the shadows for generations. The history of Nazis in America is a long one, and that history has direct connections to beloved companies with unspoken ties to Nazi Germany and the Nazis in America today. By better understanding when, where, and why Nazism first spread to American soil, the events of 2017 can also be better understood.
There has been an ongoing debate as to the propriety of referring to all white supremacists as Nazis, but that argument will not apply to this article. There are, unfortunately, more than enough examples of actual, Hitler-revering, swastika-wearing Nazis in America to paint a powerful picture of the roots of hatred. There is no ambiguity when it comes to labeling these individuals as what they were and are: white supremacist Nazis.