Hans Luther was the Nazi Ambassador to Washington DC from 1933 until 1937, following a career in German politics. He was a robust defender of Nazism in the United States.
He visited the University of Minnesota in 1935, as well as St. Paul and Minneapolis. He was hosted by the German Department for a tea. Students attempting to ask him questions were restrained by Dean Anne Blitz.
His visit touched off a campus wide discussion on boycotting the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Dean Edward Nicholson would not allow students to distribute literature about the boycott.
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