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The Minuteman

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  1,089 ratings  ·  116 reviews
In the early 1930’s, pro-Nazi groups began popping up across the US in an attempt to drum up support among recent immigrants for the fascist movement developing back home. With a large German population, Newark, New Jersey became a hotbed for this kind of Nazi recruitment, with pro-fascist groups like the German-American Bund staging parades, screening anti-Semitic films, ...more
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Published January 2nd 2020 by Audible Original

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Mariah Roze
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Mariah Roze by: Matt
This was a really good story! They fit a lot into less than 2 hours. I honestly had no idea that there were Nazis in US. Definitely an eye-opener.

"In the early 1930’s, pro-Nazi groups began popping up across the US in an attempt to drum up support among recent immigrants for the fascist movement developing back home. With a large German population, Newark, New Jersey became a hotbed for this kind of Nazi recruitment, with pro-fascist groups like the German-American Bund staging parades,
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I was unaware of the story of Sidney Abramowitz, the leader of a Jewish group called the Minutemen who fought (literally) Nazis in Newark in the 1930s. In fact, I had no idea that there were so many home grown Nazis in the US pre-WWII.

The Minutemen used force to break up Nazi gatherings. They were comprised of boxers, factory workers, students, and anyone else who wasn't afraid to pick up a bat and go after fascists. We think we live in dangerous times now - violence and brutality was more of a
Joe Kraus
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-crime
This one is so up my alley (or, as the case may be, down my dark alley) that I can’t be neutral about it.

In this case, that’s a good thing. I could easily get irritated with someone who didn’t know what he was doing in narrating a history of a Jewish boxer/gangster who set out to attack Nazi Bundists in the 1930s. Instead, Greg Donahue does this with a real flair for narrative and without the can-you-believe-there-were-tough-Jews tone that many lesser writers might have brought.

The result here
Nathan Burgoine
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
While it's always hard to say I "enjoyed" learning some new facet of how deep the roots of anti-Semitism and fascism and nazism went, I have to admit this story, which was about a man—and his organization—fighting nazi hatred every step of the way and succeeding in pushing it back and breaking down footholds and progress it had was inspiring and ultimately hopeful.

I thank Nat Arno, not that he's alive to know it, and not that the thanks of some Brit-born Canuck would likely matter to him, but
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Set in the pre-World War II Newark, New Jersey Jewish community, this story gives us a piece of history that is little known and underappreciated.
This documents the fight between the Jewish community and The German American Bund and the Bund's attempt to bring Hitler's special kind of crazy to America.
With the exception of Mr. Donahue's, comparison at the beginning of the book between The Minutemen and the modern-day group Antifa, a complete fallacy IMHO, I found it very well written and
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Short and sweet history of anti-Nazi efforts in the US, focusing on Nazi activity in New Jersey, with a good narrator. I had no idea the Nazi party was so well accepted in some parts of the US in the 1930s and I was glad to hear how much others fought against their incursion into American life.
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a free (and quick) audible listen that turned out to be interesting. I had no idea there was such a strong pro-Nazi movement in the US during the 1930s! This story follows some of the Jewish gangsters in New Jersey, or Minutemen, who organized to breakup the pro-Nazi gatherings. The Minutemen stepped in where the law couldn't with everything from stink bombs to brass knuckles to stop what they saw as anti-American activities. What a great story!
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars . I’m amazed how poorly this short nonfiction story did in the reviews. This free audiobook from Audible was very informative. I love learning new things in history and this audiobook was filled with new facts for me. This is a worthy listen! ...more
Alan Teder
Minutemen vs American Nazis in 1930's Newark, N.J.
Review of the Audible Original audiobook (Jan. 2020)

The most shocking element here isn't that there were American Jewish vigilantes in 1930's America prepared to fight Nazis, but that there was such a large American Nazi organisation that they could fill Madison Square Garden with a capacity of 20,000+ in 1939.

The lead Minuteman, Nat Arno aka Sidney Nathaniel Abramowitz, seems to have been an obscure character in this history previously and even
I didn't know about the growth of the Nazi movement in New Jersey.

The story was on point, moved quickly, and painted a picture of life in the 1930's with some eerily familiar parallels to life today.

If you are interested in the lead up to WWII, this is a quick listen and offers some new perspectives.
Amanda Sola
Jan 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
Free audible book. So boring I had a tough time focusing. It could be that I didn’t like the guy this book was about nor the actions of the minutemen so that could be the problem. But like A. The dude met his future wife when she was 8 and he told her to call him when she grew up. Ew. B. Let’s fight violence and hatred with violence? Great plan. ...more
Jennifer Allen
Jan 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
Even though it’s a quick read, it was a waste of time. I didn’t learn anything new, nor was the story good enough to have entertainment value. Read like a long research paper (one where the writer kept adding fluff and skipping around to meet a certain page count). Bleh.
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not much in it. Good voice actor though.
Lucas Joanis
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Punch a Nazi 2020
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2020, own
Interesting bit of history I was not previously familiar with, populated by a variety of thoroughly unpleasant characters.
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this, entertaining and informative.
Diana Long
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
A short non fiction story which needs to be told especially when we see the protests with tiki carrying white supremacists in recent times. Fascism began in Germany and probably other parts of Europe prior to World War II and filtered into the United States once the German immigrants started bunds where they would gather and claim the Aryan race was far superior to other peoples and especially poured forth anti-Semitic hate filled rhetoric. We've always been a Democratic people, enjoying ...more
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I was vaguely aware of the clashes between Americans Nazis and Jewish patriots in American history mostly because of Charles Edward Coughlin, the infamous anti-Semitic peddler of Judeo-Bolshevism conspiracies from college classes.

The minutemen by Donahue tells the story of Nat Arno, boxer-turned-mafia-muscleman who finds purpose in opposing American Nazism. It’s an interesting story but could have used a bit more flushing out, as it’s only touched on that Nazism had a moment in American history
Bill Hooten
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
First, I only got this book, because it was the most interesting looking of the books that were being offered free. Second, another reason that I chose it was because it was short, and I could listen to it one day; going back and forth to work. Third, I am really glad that I did. Fourth, it is amazing how ignorant that one can be about the history of their own country.

I never had heard of Nat Arno, the New Jersey Minutemen, and the amount of German-American Nazis that were impacting the east
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent book about Nat Arno and his early fight against the Nazis in Newark New Jersey. Arno was Jewish and took the fight to the Nazis much to the chagrin of local law enforcement which in many cases saw Arno as the bad guy. Arno used smoke bombs to disrupt meetings of the Nazi sympathizers. A few through the windows sent the meeting attendees scurrying to the street where they were met by Arno and his gang. The Nazis did wise up and put chicken wire behind the windows and when ...more
Alex Shrugged
I would give this audi0book 3 1/2 stars if I could. What kept me from really liking it was that it cast the Jewish people in a bad light. I agree with the idea that Jews should defend themselves. (FYI, I am Jewish.) I am flabbergasted that some Jewish communities think that if we stand up to antisemitism that antisemitism will get worse. I subscribe to the idea that if one acts weak, one attracts predators. I'm also in favor of a vigorous self-defense, but going out of my way to beat Nazis to a ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
While I was aware that Nazis were in America before and during WWII, I did not realize how widespread they were nor how active and vocal in the country. This book tells about a group in New Jersey that were up against the Jewish mob. The local mob created a group to keep their community safe from the Nazis. There were clashes between the groups but the mob ensured that the Jews in their community were safe from anti-Semitism.

I learned a lot listening to this audio book. I was shocked but how
Autumn Araujo
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Listen... I am a huge history fan. This story wasn't my favorite. It was literally like being transported 15 years into the past where I was sitting in the third row second seat from the front... in Mr. Nevarre's 12th grade history class.

Only thing missing was the annoying popping of bubble gum bubbles... And the clicking of pens in the background. I literally wanted to turn it off after the first half hour. Now... Because of my need to succeed. I trudged fourth into the anti-semitism and Nazi
I'm not going to recap this lesson because I think that everyone should listen and learn and learn from the past. Did you know how invasive the Nazis were in scamming German Americans into thinking that what they were doing was right? Or how much influence they had in New Jersey and other places? Or that there were family and youth camps here? The main focus is on one man who was quite a thug and even got himself sent to California by the local crime boss but was integral to the anti nazi ...more
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked this because I knew NOTHING about the topic described. I knew there were Nazis in America before WWII, but not about the Jewish mobsters in Newark who took them on. (Really, I didn’t know anything happened in Newark ever.) I do think this is worth a listen - a lot of good info is revealed in under two hours. The narration kind of bored me at times, though. I think it simply came down to a mid-Atlantic accent voicing a story about Jewish gangsters and Nazi extremists in Newark, NJ. Just ...more
Nica Borders
I'm a big fan of the podcast Behind the Bastards which this special reminded me of. It tells a story of a dark time, that echos today, and discusses the true bloody nature of resistance. What I like most about this special is how real it felt that victories and losses hit the same way. I found my mind drifting easily, especially as someone who has heard about the original Nazi movements in America before, but it's a quick listen at 2 hours, and tells a story we rarely hear about: a Jewish ...more
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
So this was interesting because I didn't realize there was a Jewish mafia during world war 2. It's a weird concept to me, kinda like the amish mafia on tlc. (By the way I've never seen it so I'm just basing it on the sound of it.) Anyway, it's fascinating to hear the riots and the ways they dismantled nazi gatherings, but they did it only when they spoke fascist things. I'll leave it at that, it's an hour and some change to listen to so go listen if your interested.
James Thomas
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
A book about a Jewish boxer in Newark, NJ just prior to WWII. As the Nazi party was just getting a foothold in the German community of NY, some Jewish toughs decided to take matters into their own hands. It was an interesting story about a piece of history that was unknown to me. If the Jews in Germany had organized the same way the Jews in Newark did perhaps Hitler would have never risen to power.
OK book. Nothing special but not bad.
Rochelle Jones
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
It's not my normal type of story. That being said, it was intriguing; I had no idea that there was such a large anti-sematic movement in the united states. Historical moments such as the ones portrayed in this book tend to be lost within the shelves of history, such as eugenics in the united states (where the Nazi's gleaned the idea from). It's a good reminder of the small conflicts that take place in our communities. These issues are not far from home.
Spring 2020 (Audible Original: January);

I wasn't entirely sure what this was about when I picked it up, but I was quickly thrown in and swallowed whole as we painted the world of America pre-World II, in the tensions between Nazi-sympathizers and the (boxer-mobster-)thugs who were bound and determined to keep them from being able to meet. My blood was absolutely chilled by the recounting of the children's camps. There's always more and more to learn on this topic.
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