In The Third Reich in the Ivory Tower: Complicity and Conflict on American Campuses (Cambridge University Press), Stephen H. Norwood provides a disturbing--perhaps to some--even shocking account of the nexus existing between the American academy and Nazi Germany. He writes:
In order to understand the whole course of development that leads us to the Holocaust, I think it's very important to see what influential sectors in the United States were doing. And in the case of higher education, it's a very shameful record of complicity and indifference to atrocities committed against the Jews from 1933 onward--and actually a lot of collaboration, in terms of participating in well-organized student exchange programs, participating in well-orchestrated Nazi festivals in Germany, sending delegates to those and ignoring protests.How this came to be is no surprise as Norwood elaborates:
They just didn't care very deeply about Jews and anti-Semitism because they were themselves involved in maintaining quota barriers against Jewish students. There were very, very few Jews on the faculties of American universities throughout the entire inter-war period. And there are whole fields that were basically off-limits to Jews.This tome is being touted as "the first systematic exploration of the nature and extent of sympathy for Nazi Germany at American universities during the 1930s"--which falls into the "better late than never" category of inquiry.