Download PDFDownload PDFWhen the United States entered the Second World War, Nazi media focussed on the new opponent. While a lot of the patterns which writers used on the US were long established – particularly antisemitic concepts that had since 1939 been used in anti-British propaganda – organised crime for several reasons seem to be a promising topic. Somewhat exceptional is Heinz Halters book Der Polyp von New York. Die Geschichte Tammany Halls. Korruption und Verbrechen im demokratischen Amerika (1942). As source for his book, Halter mainly used Herbert Asbury’s Gangs of New York. An Informal History of the Underworld (1928), which also served as original book for Martin Scorseses movie of 2002 with the same title.