Introduction: 1933: The Man Behind the Curtain
• In the Introduction, Joseph Schachno, a thirty-one-year-old doctor from New York, was in the consulate having been beaten by Nazis over fictitious claims.
• George S. Messersmith and the doctor treating Schachno were appalled.
• George S. Messersmith was the Consul General for Germany and had been seeing more and more people; Americans and Germans are being beaten by Nazis.
• George S. Messersmith thought that if allowed to create a stronghold in Germany, Hitler would be a threat to world peace in the coming years.
• Joseph Schachno was arrested after an anonymous tip stating he was an an enemy of the German state.
• Despite not finding any evidence, the uniformed officers took him to their headquarters and whipped him.
• Joseph Schachno stayed a week in bed before going to the Consulate.
• Messersmith helped him get a passport, and Joseph Schachno and his wife went...
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