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Hustling Hitler - The Jewish Vaudevillian Who Fooled the Fuhrer-logo

Hustling Hitler - The Jewish Vaudevillian Who Fooled the Fuhrer

Walter Shapiro

All his life, journalist Walter Shapiro assumed that the outlandish stories about his great-uncle Freeman were exaggerated family lore; some cockamamie Jewish revenge fantasies dreamt up to entertain the kids and venerate their larger-than-life relative. Only when he started researching Freeman Bernstein's life did he realize that his family was actually holding back. A cross between The Night They Raided Minsky's and Guys and Dolls, Freeman Bernstein's life was itself an old New York sideshow extravaganza, one that Shapiro expertly stages in Hustling Hitler. From a ragtag childhood in Troy, New York, Shapiro follows his great-uncle's ever-crooked trajectory through show business, from his early schemes on the burlesque circuit to marrying his star performer, May Ward, and producing silent films released only in Philadelphia. Of course, all of Freeman's cons and schemes were simply a prelude to February 18, 1937, the day he was arrested by the LAPD outside of Mae West's apartment in Hollywood. The charge? Grand larceny-for cheating Adolf Hitler and the Nazi government.

All his life, journalist Walter Shapiro assumed that the outlandish stories about his great-uncle Freeman were exaggerated family lore; some cockamamie Jewish revenge fantasies dreamt up to entertain the kids and venerate their larger-than-life relative. Only when he started researching Freeman Bernstein's life did he realize that his family was actually holding back. A cross between The Night They Raided Minsky's and Guys and Dolls, Freeman Bernstein's life was itself an old New York sideshow extravaganza, one that Shapiro expertly stages in Hustling Hitler. From a ragtag childhood in Troy, New York, Shapiro follows his great-uncle's ever-crooked trajectory through show business, from his early schemes on the burlesque circuit to marrying his star performer, May Ward, and producing silent films released only in Philadelphia. Of course, all of Freeman's cons and schemes were simply a prelude to February 18, 1937, the day he was arrested by the LAPD outside of Mae West's apartment in Hollywood. The charge? Grand larceny-for cheating Adolf Hitler and the Nazi government.
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All his life, journalist Walter Shapiro assumed that the outlandish stories about his great-uncle Freeman were exaggerated family lore; some cockamamie Jewish revenge fantasies dreamt up to entertain the kids and venerate their larger-than-life relative. Only when he started researching Freeman Bernstein's life did he realize that his family was actually holding back. A cross between The Night They Raided Minsky's and Guys and Dolls, Freeman Bernstein's life was itself an old New York sideshow extravaganza, one that Shapiro expertly stages in Hustling Hitler. From a ragtag childhood in Troy, New York, Shapiro follows his great-uncle's ever-crooked trajectory through show business, from his early schemes on the burlesque circuit to marrying his star performer, May Ward, and producing silent films released only in Philadelphia. Of course, all of Freeman's cons and schemes were simply a prelude to February 18, 1937, the day he was arrested by the LAPD outside of Mae West's apartment in Hollywood. The charge? Grand larceny-for cheating Adolf Hitler and the Nazi government.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Tom Perkins

Length:

13h 40m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

24:37


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

10:12


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

42:27


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

41:18


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

33:43


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

29:18


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

56:02


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

41:11


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

56:55


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

42:13


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

50:42


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

52:38


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

37:16


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

45:44


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

41:53


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

30:43


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

31:07


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

49:18


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

35:47


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

34:03


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

29:01


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:52