Hans Luther’s visit to Minnesota in 1935 quickly became a political lightning rod. The arrival of the Nazi ambassador in Minneapolis prompted students and community leaders to protest events planned at the University of Minnesota and another local organization, notably his address to the Civic and Commerce Association. Members of the press drilled Luther on the tenets of Nazi ideology and their offense to American values. University groups made public resolutions to boycott the 1936 Berlin Olympics in protest of German discrimination. The American Jewish World, the local Jewish community newspaper, reported extensively on Luther’s visit to the Twin Cities in the November 22, 1935 issue.
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