Author Lynne Olson talks to Terry Gross about whether Charles Lindbergh was sympathetic to the Nazi ideology
I’m not so sure it was the Nazi ideology. He admired the Germans’ technological expertise. Bottom line: Charles Lindbergh was a technocrat. That’s what he was really interested in and the Germans were experts in technology and he also admired what the Germans had done in terms of reviving country and he certainly was sympathetic with Germany. Often he would say, ‘You know, I don’t approve of what they’re doing to the Jews. I don’t approve of their denial of freedoms,’ but you never really got the sense that he felt very strongly about that.
Image of Charles Lindbergh emerging from the White House on April 20, 1939 after meeting with President Franklin Roosevelt via the Library of Congress