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1938 Anti-Hitler protest

1938 Anti-Hitler protest

June 25, 1938: More than 500 protesters march in downtown Los Angeles against German involvement in the aerial bombing of Spain.

The Los Angeles Times reported the next day:

Carrying placards and chanting slogans against Nazism and Fascism, more than 500 picketers marched yesterday in front of the office building at 117 West Ninth street which holds the headquarters of German Consul, Dr. Georg Gyssling.

The demonstration, aimed specifically at asserted German participation in Spain bombings, was sponsored by the North American Committee for Defense of Spanish Democracy and included delegates from many sympathetic groups. Starting at 11 a.m., it continued for two hours, the double picket line extending at times on to Spring street and Broadway…

Although several police officers stood by at the scene, the only minor disturbances were caused by several bags of water tossed from office windows toward the picketers.

Since former L.A. Times staff photographer Andrew H. Arnott did a good job using a low angle and filling the frame, I am leaving this image uncropped.

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