Ezra Pound (Oct. 30, 1885 – Nov. 1 1972) was a major figure in the early modernist poetry movement. He also was an American expatriate collaborator in Italy: During the Second World War, Pound embraced Benito Mussolini’s fascism and expressed support for Adolf Hitler. While the war and the Holocaust were underway, he made hundreds of paid radio broadcasts for the Italian government, including in German-occupied Italy, attacking the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Jews above all.
Quote: “Pound broadcast four times a week from 1940 until Mussolini’s arrest in July 1943, starting with the words: ‘Europe calling, Ezra Pound speaking.’ He blamed Jews for the economic conditions he believed had caused the war and described the US president as Franklin D Frankfurter Jewsfeld and the Chinese leader as Chiang Kike Chek.” | “You have got to learn a little, at least a little, about the history of your allies,” he told his listeners. “About Jew-ruined England. About the wreckage of France, wrecked under yid control. Lousy with kikes.”
Sources: Wikipedia (introduction), The Guardian (quotation)
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