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Letter, J. Edgar Hoover to Joseph Roos, 1942
Hoover, J. Edgar (John Edgar), 1895-1972
Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles
Date Created and/or Issued
Publication Information
California State University, Northridge
Contributing Institution
California State University, Northridge
In Our Own Backyard - Resisting Nazi Propaganda (Exhibit)
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In response to the spread of organized anti-Semitism in the United States during the 1930s, leaders of Los Angeles' Jewish community formed a special defense organization known as the Los Angeles Jewish Community Committee. The committee later changed its name to the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, Community Relations Committee. The collection documents the committee's efforts to combat prejudice and educate the public through cooperation with both Jewish and non-Jewish groups, from its formation in 1933 through the early 1990s.
In early 1942, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover wrote to Joseph Roos that the Bureau is "exerting every possible effort under the existing national defense statutes to protect the internal security of our nation against all subversive elements..." Hoover is explaining to Roos why stricter action cannot be taken against extemist groups and individuals, mentioning Robert Noble by name. (Noble was a known fascist who would, two years later, be among the defendants in the Sedition Trial.) Hoover states: "We are... a fact finding agency and we could not play the role of a censor." He invites Roos to provide any information he may acquire about subversive activities to the Special Agent in Los Angeles. 9.25 x 7 in.
Letter (correspondence)
28 x 21.5 cm
United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation
Subversive activities
Noble, Robert
Roos, Joseph, 1908-1999
Washington (D.C.)
Box CRC/2 228-22
Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, Community Relations Committee Collection
In Our Own Backyard: Resisting Nazi Propaganda in Southern California, 1933-1945
California State University Northridge. University Library. Special Collections & Archives. Urban Archives

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