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.
“Using [Jane Fonda's] own speeches ... Professor and Mrs. Holzer cleverly connect her eagerly delivered statements to the law of treason, and lead you through a thicket of law and evidence with incontrovertible logic. Follow them through this remarkable book as they prove that there was enough evidence to indict and convict her of the grandfather of all crimes. You, too, can review that evidence, and then cast a 'guilty' ballot.”
— George E. "Bud" Day, Col. USAF (Ret.), Recipient of the Medal of Honor
“We former POWs will never forget being forced to listen to the propaganda broadcasts of Jane Fonda from Hanoi. Aid and Comfort: Jane Fonda in North Vietnam is 'must reading' for those who want irrefutable proof of Hanoi Jane's treachery, and its legal significance.”
— Mike McGrath, Capt. USN (Ret.), President, NAM-POW
“No American who loves his country will fail to be sickened by the story Professor and Mrs. Holzer have told in this book. They are owed a debt of gratitude by those who cherish liberty and continue to defend it.”
— David Horowitz, David Horowitz Freedom Center
“Axis Sally, Tokyo Rose, Lord Haw Haw — all of whom were punished as traitors — would have been amazed to read Aid and Comfort: Jane Fonda in North Vietnam. The sum for their acts of treason equals a small fraction of the acts of aid and comfort Jane Fonda gave our Communist enemies.
“This book will shock many Americans. That Fonda committed many acts of aid and comfort documented here is astonishing. That the American government looked the other way is astounding. This book provides the indictment that the government could have handed to a jury — if it had had the will to do so.... A 'must read'!”
— Fred Kiley, Col. USAF (Ret.), co-author, Honor Bound, American Prisoners of War in Southeast Asia, 1961-1973