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He made a radio address urging neutrality for the United States. The German army was entering Paris. The Luftwaffe was bombing Britain. In 1940 the Lindberghs’ first daughter, Anne, was born. Lindbergh joined the America First Committee. It was an organization fighting to keep the United States neutral. Lindbergh spoke to the Congress. He wanted to urge them to turn down the Lend Lease Bill. The bill was for sending war materials to help England and other countries fighting Germany. In April 1941 President Roosevelt held a press conference.

In 1934, Bruno Richard Hauptmann, was arrested for the murder of the Lindbergh baby. He was a German-born carpenter from the Bronx. It was believed that he used a stepladder to kidnap the child. He then may have accidentally dropped Charles while climbing down the ladder. The baby must have been struck in the head, and he died instantly. In January 1935 a six week trial was held. Charles Lindbergh attended every day. Hauptmann was found guilty and condemned to death. 30 Lindbergh Book 9/17/07 1:47 PM Page 31 The kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh III had a profound effect on Charles Lindbergh.

He hated the communist system being used in Russia. He was not impressed by Russia’s military or anything else he saw there. 35 Lindbergh Book 9/17/07 1:47 PM Page 36 In 1938 at Munich, Britain appeased Adolf Hitler by giving in to his demands for more land. Charles Lindbergh thought it was the right thing to do. He was becoming more and more proGerman to the shock and dismay of many of his friends. Hitler had been persecuting the Jews and other minorities for some time. Brutal concentration camps were being built.

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