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Nazis and KKK Bund Together for the “American Fuhrer”

Today it’s hard to imagine that the following sentence is describing an actual rally that once took place in a rural Sussex County, NJ town: “Flames from the wooden cross, forty feet high, crackled into the night throwing lurid shadows on the participants below, some of whom were dressed in hooded white robes, others in the gray uniforms of the German-American Bund. The scene took place at Bund Camp Nordland in New Jersey on August 18, 1940, when the Klan staged a monster anti-war, pro-American mass meeting jointly with the Bund.” Continue reading

Snake Hill’s Asylum, Potter’s Field & Field Station: Dinosaurs

While it is currently a park, Snake Hill has been the site of a variety of different institutions over its history. An almshouse was located here, and several hospitals and a penitentiary. Most famously, Snake Hill was the site of a huge lunatic asylum. Many of those who died while inmates of the asylum still lay in the ground here in unmarked and unidentified graves. Continue reading