On 11 Sept. 1941, Charles Lindbergh gave a speech in Des Moines, IA to urge continued US neutrality in World War II. Lindbergh had become involved in the “America First Committee” in late 1940 and argued that the US had should not attack Germany.
In his speech in Des Moines, Lindbergh stated that there were three groups, “pressing this country toward war”: “The British, the Jewish, and the Roosevelt Administration,” and while Lindbergh expressed “admiration” for the Jewish people and condemned their persecution, he warned of their “large ownership and influence in our motion pictures, our press, our radio and our government.” This remark, a brief mention in a long speech with the primary focus of keeping America out of the war (“We are on the verge of a war for which we are still unprepared, and for which no one has offered a feasible plan for victory–a war which cannot be won without sending our soldiers across the ocean to force a landing on a hostile coast against armies stronger than our own”), was quickly condemned as anti-Semitic.
Lindbergh, in fact, had a close relationship with Germany, had visited there in the late 1930s, had accepted a medal from Herman Goering in 1939, and had intended to move there the same year (he also fathered children with 2 different German women), but was also critical of Germany’s “unreasonable” reaction to the Jewish population.
Lindbergh was a believer in eugenics, and spoke and wrote frequently about protecting the “purity” of American blood, which he wanted to protect from “dilution by foreign races."
Biographers have tried to depict Lindbergh as not so much pro-Nazi, but as a "bigoted and misguided, Nazi sympathizer.”