Aid and Comfort: Jane Fonda in North Vietnam

Aid and Comfort: Jane Fonda in North Vietnam


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Aid and Comfort: Jane Fonda in North Vietnam by Henry Mark Holzer, Erika Holzer

Jane Fonda’s visit to Hanoi in July 1972 and her pro–North Vietnamese, anti–American conduct, especially her pose with an anti-aircraft gun used to shoot down American planes and her propaganda broadcasts directed toward American troops, angered many Americans. In their eyes, she was guilty of treason, but she was never charged by the American legal system. Instead, she has made millions, been the recipient of countless awards, and remained an honored American icon.
This work investigates Fonda’s activities in North Vietnam and argues that she could have been indicted for treason, that there would have been enough evidence to take the case to a jury, that she could have been convicted, and that a conviction probably would have been upheld on appeal. It also considers Fonda’s early life and the effect it had on her behavior and beliefs in her later years, her audience of American POWs who were forced by the Vietnamese to listen to her broadcasts condemning them as war criminals, her arrival in Vietnam and how it was viewed by American servicemen and civilians, the crime of treason throughout history, and the only Congressional inquiry into her actions, which resulted in the government’s decision to take no legal action against her. Texts of Fonda’s radio broadcasts to American servicemen comprise the appendix.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786427291
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 04/11/2006
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 817,814
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

Henry Mark Holzer is professor emeritus at Brooklyn Law School. He lives in Palm Desert, California. Erika Holzer is a lawyer, novelist and essayist. She lives in Palm Desert, California.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword x

Introduction 1

PART I: Prelude to North Vietnam

1 The Early Jane Fonda 11

2 The Anti-War Jane Fonda 20

PART II: In North Vietnam

3 Captive Audience: The American POWs 33

4 “Adhering to Their Enemies” 59

5 “Giving Them Aid and Comfort” 77

PART III: Treason

6 Constitutional Treason 95

7 World War II Treason Prosecutions 113

8 Jane Fonda and the Law of Treason 131

PART IV: Closure

9 The Government’s Capitulation 145

10 United States of America v. Jane Fonda 165

11 Conclusion 171

Appendix 173

Bibliography 199

Index 203

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Aid and Comfort: Jane Fonda in North Vietnam 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont waste ur time on a trader. If it wasnt for her those men might be alive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For some time, I have owned this book and would often think about reading it, even picking it up and toying with the idea of glancing through it before placing it back on the shelf opting for another book instead. I guess I was afraid that Erika and Henry Holzer might somehow tarnish my view of Jane Fonda- my pristine unveiled despising of Jane. I always liked my attitude in such matters. What if they told me things about her that I hadn¿t known were true or worse that I had thought I had known? Though it would be another testimonial to the mystique and unrest of the Vietnam War, I really did not want anymore knowledge of Jane in my head. I broke down and read it recently and in fact my worst fears were true, but not in the way I expected. I did feel pangs of guilt as I read page after page. They did tell me things about Jane Fonda I had not known, though none improved my image of her. What the authors did do however, was give a very detailed accounting of the cloud surrounding Jane Fonda and her activities in the early 1970¿s, including trips to Vietnam and other foreign lands. I felt guilt because I had wasted so much time avoiding this book. It is a fine book. It is an incredible book actually. I found it to impressively detailed and well documented. As the scholars that they surely must be, they presented the information based on many sources that are easily verified. I cannot imagine the level of dedication and tenacity required of the authors in order for them to complete their work so thoroughly. I have read many books related to Jane Fonda and her exploits of the early 1970¿s and none are better. None are even close. They presented information that was damning to say the least but were just as quick to give research that exonerated Ms. Fonda of acts that she has been accused of for years. Usually books that would seem more of a reference book than a memoir or fiction would bore me, even if they had useful information. To the contrary I was able to start from one cover and work to the other with little interruption. At the end, I was struck by the fact that this book was so well researched and written that it could also easily be used as a reference book. Knowing what I know about the activities of some American citizens during the Vietnam War, I am quite grateful to authors/researchers such as Erika and Henry Holzer, for I credit them with great wisdom and fortitude themselves for being more objective than the person they chose to write about. I would think the authors would agree with my response to a friend not long ago who told me that Jane Fonda was vilified. ¿If Jane has been vilified, it has been by her own actions¿. The authors make clear at the conclusion of their book what they think of Jane Fonda and her actions during the Vietnam War and I completely and wholeheartedly agree and am not afraid to say so. I do not know what the authors think now with so much time that has passed both since the war and since the writing of their book. Perhaps they feel a slight pang now and then that there is a time to let things go, to forget or pretend at least that past wrongs, however vile never happened. I feel a slight pang now and then like that, but it is so small it is a little like gas, maybe it is gas. Because I know that the proof is in the pudding or the book as it were and the things Jane Fonda and her associates did were in fact treacherous and immoral and yes villainous. I recommend this book more highly than I ever recommended any book as a work for history to be truly known.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Now after 30 years the Holzer family has embarked on this never ending deadbeat effort to legitimaize the Vietnam War all over again. Having lived during those days as a young man I had, like Ms. Fonda, felt that this war an aimless endeavor that had to come to an end. In that respect I had developed a certain admiration and kinship for her activism and courage. Considering the revelations that followed this war, the lies and the deceptions perpetrated by the people in Government pretty much clarifies for anyone knowledgable on the subject who the 'bad guys' were. By picking on Jane Fonda the Holzers clearly show their lack of judgment. Considering that Ms. Fonda visited North Vietnam in late August of 1972 and the fact that US started troop withdrawals in Jan of 1973 there is little credence in her causing any hardships to POWs. And if her visit to Vietnam added just another nail to the pro-war coffin in Congress I say: More power to her. It appears that Mr. Holzer's early training as Military Intellegence officer turned him into an undying and unrelenting foe of those who don't share his 'Government Authority Ueber Alles' piety. I suppose any suggestions for him to forget this unpleasant part of our history and to move on would probably be a waste of time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author successfully maintains objectivity with a very emotional subject and thoroughly substantiates the evidence. Jane Fonda clearly stepped over the line, causing immeasurable harm to the U.S. and great emotional distress to our POWs. Its one thing to disagree with US policy but to embrace the enemy, visit our POWs in wretched camps, and broadcast the benefits of 'communism' is totally unacceptable. This is a must read for people who seek the truth about Fonda's outrageous behavior during the Vietnam War.