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Neo-Nazism consists of post-World War II militant
social or political movements seeking to revive and implement the ideology of Nazism. Neo-Nazis
seek to employ their ideology to promote hatred and attack minorities, or in some cases to
create a fascist political state. It is a global phenomenon, with organized representation
in many countries and international networks. It borrows elements from Nazi doctrine, including
ultranationalism, racism, xenophobia, ableism, homophobia, anti-Romanyism, antisemitism,
anti-communism and initiating the Fourth Reich. Holocaust denial is a common feature, as is
the incorporation of Nazi symbols and admiration of Adolf Hitler.
In some European and Latin American countries, laws prohibit the expression of pro-Nazi,
racist, anti-Semitic, or homophobic views. Many Nazi-related symbols are banned in European
countries (especially Germany) in an effort to curtail neo-Nazism.==Definition==
The term Neo-Nazism describes any post-World War II militant, social or political movements
seeking to revive the ideology of Nazism in whole or in part.The term neo-Nazism can also
refer to the ideology of these movements, which may borrow elements from Nazi doctrine,
including ultranationalism, anti-communism, racism, ableism, xenophobia, homophobia, anti-Romanyism,
antisemitism, up to initiating the Fourth Reich. Holocaust denial is a common feature,
as is the incorporation of Nazi symbols and admiration of Adolf Hitler.
Neo-Nazism is considered a particular form of far-right politics and right-wing extremism.===Hyperborean racial doctrine===Neo-Nazi writers have posited a spiritual,
esoteric doctrine of race, which moves beyond the primarily Darwinian-inspired materialist
scientific racism popular mainly in the Anglosphere during the 20th century. Figures influential
in the development of neo-Nazi racism, such as Miguel Serrano and Julius Evola (writers
who are described by critics of Nazism such as the Southern Poverty Law Center as influential
within what it presents as parts of “the bizarre fringes of National Socialism, past and present”),
claim that the Hyperborean ancestors of the Aryans were in the distant past, far higher
beings than their current state, having suffered from “involution” due to mixing with the “Telluric”
peoples; supposed creations of the Demiurge. Within this theory, if the “Aryans” are to
return to the Golden Age of the distant past, they need to awaken the memory of the blood.
An extraterrestrial origin of the Hyperboreans is often claimed. These theories draw influence
from Gnosticism and Tantrism, building on the work of the Ahnenerbe. Within this racist
theory, Jews are held up as the antithesis of nobility, purity and beauty.===Ecology and environmentalism===
Neo-Nazism generally aligns itself with a blood and soil variation of environmentalism,
which has themes in common with deep ecology, the organic movement and animal protectionism.
This tendency, sometimes called “ecofascism”, was represented in the original German National
Socialism by Richard Walther Darré who was the Reichsminister of Food from 1933 until
1942.==History=====Germany and Austria 1945–1950s===
Following the defeat of Nazi Germany, the political ideology of the ruling party, Nazism,
was in complete disarray. The final leader of the National Socialist German Workers’
Party was Martin Bormann. He died on 2 May 1945 during the Battle of Berlin, but the
Soviet Union did not reveal his death to the rest of the world, and his ultimate fate remained
a mystery for many years. Conspiracy theories emerged about Hitler himself, that he had
secretly survived the war and fled to South America or elsewhere.
The Allied Control Council officially dissolved the NSDAP on 10 October 1945, marking the
end of “Old” National Socialism. A process of denazification began, and the Nuremberg
trials took place, where many major leaders and ideologues were condemned to death by
October 1946, others committed suicide. In both the East and West, surviving ex-party
members and military veterans assimilated to the new reality and had no interest in
constructing a “neo-Nazism.” However, during the 1949 elections a number of National Socialist
advocates such as Fritz Rössler had infiltrated the national conservative Deutsche Rechtspartei,
which had 5 members elected. Rössler and others left to found the more radical Socialist
Reich Party under Otto Ernst Remer. At the onset of the Cold War, the SRP favoured the
Soviet Union over the United States.In Austria national independence had been restored, and
the Verbotsgesetz 1947 explicitly criminalised the NSDAP and any attempt at restoration.
West Germany adopted a similar law to target parties it defined as anti-constitutional;
Article 21 Paragraph 2 in the Basic Law, banning the Socialist Reich Party in 1952 for being
opposed to liberal democracy. As a consequence some members of the nascent
movement of German neo-Nazism joined the Deutsche Reichspartei of which Hans-Ulrich Rudel was
the most prominent figure. Younger members founded the Wiking-Jugend modeled after the
Hitler Youth. The Deutsche Reichspartei stood for elections from 1953 until 1961 fetching
around 1% of the vote each time. Rudel befriended French-born Savitri Devi, who was a proponent
of Esoteric Nazism. In the 1950s she wrote a number of books, such as Pilgrimage (1958),
which concerns prominent Third Reich sites, and The Lightning and the Sun (1958), in which
she claims that Adolf Hitler was an avatar of the God Vishnu. She was not alone in this
reorientation of National Socialism towards its Thulean-roots; the Artgemeinschaft, founded
by former SS member Wilhelm Kusserow, attempted to promote a new paganism.
In the German Democratic Republic a former member of SA, Wilhelm Adam, founded the National
Democratic Party of Germany (East Germany). It reached out to those attracted by the Nazi
Party before 1945 and provide them with a political outlet, so that they would not be
tempted to support the far-right again or turn to the anti-communist Western Allies.
Stalin wanted to use them to create a new pro-Soviet and anti-Western strain in German
politics. According to top Soviet diplomat Vladimir Semyonov, Stalin even suggested that
they could be allowed to continue publishing their own newspaper, Völkischer Beobachter.
While in Austria, former SS member Wilhelm Lang founded an esoteric group known as the
Vienna Lodge; he popularised nazism and occultism such as the Black Sun and ideas of Third Reich
survival colonies below the polar ice caps. With the onset of the Cold War the allied
forces had lost interest in prosecuting anyone as part of the denazification. In the mid-1950s
this new political environment allowed Otto Strasser, an NS activist on the left of the
NSDAP, who had founded the Black Front to return from exile. In 1956, Strasser founded
the German Social Union as a Black Front successor, promoting a Strasserite “nationalist and socialist”
policy, which dissolved in 1962 due to lack of support. Other Third Reich associated groups
were the HIAG and Stille Hilfe dedicated to advancing the interests of Waffen-SS veterans
and rehabilitating them into the new democratic society. However, they did not claim to be
attempting to restore National Socialism, instead working with the social democrats
and Christian democrats. Many bureaucrats who served under the Third
Reich continued to serve in German administration after the war. According to the Simon Wiesenthal
Center, many of the more than 90,000 Nazi war criminals recorded in German files were
serving in positions of prominence under Chancellor Konrad Adenauer. Not until the 1960s were
the former concentration camp personnel prosecuted by West Germany in the Belzec trial, Frankfurt
Auschwitz trials, Treblinka trials, Chełmno trials, and the Sobibór trial. However, the
government had passed laws prohibiting National Socialists from publicly expressing their
beliefs.===”Universal National Socialism”, 1950s–1970s
===Neo-Nazism found expression outside of Germany,
including in countries who fought against the Third Reich during the Second World War,
and sometimes adopted Pan-European or “Universal” characteristics, beyond the parameters of
German nationalism. The two main tendencies, with differing styles and even worldviews,
were the followers of the American Francis Parker Yockey, who was fundamentally anti-American
and advocated for a Pan-European nationalism and those of George Lincoln Rockwell an American
conservative.Yockey, a neo-Spenglerian author, had written Imperium: The Philosophy of History
and Politics (1949) dedicated to “the hero of the twentieth century” (namely, Adolf Hitler)
and founded the European Liberation Front. He was interested more in the destiny of Europe;
to this end, he advocated a National Bolshevik-esque red-brown alliance against American culture
and influenced 1960s figures such as SS-veteran Jean-François Thiriart. Yockey was also fond
of Arab nationalism, in particular Gamal Abdel Nasser, as well as this he saw Fidel Castro’s
Cuban Revolution as a positive and visited officials there. Yockey’s views impressed
Otto Ernst Remer and the radical traditionalist philosopher Julius Evola. He was constantly
hounded by the FBI and was eventually arrested in 1960, before committing suicide. Domestically,
Yockey’s biggest sympathisers were the National Renaissance Party, including James H. Madole,
H. Keith Thompson and Eustace Mullins (protégé of Ezra Pound) and the Liberty Lobby of Willis
Carto.Rockwell, an American conservative, was first politicised by anti-communism and
opposed to racial integration, before becoming anti-Jewish. In response to his opponents
calling him a “Nazi”, he theatrically appropriated the aesthetic elements of the NSDAP, to “own”
the intended insult. In 1959, Rockwell founded the American Nazi Party and instructed his
members to dress in imitation SA-style brown shirts, while flying the flag of the Third
Reich. In contrast to Yockey, he was pro-American and cooperated with FBI requests, despite
the party being targeted under COINTELPRO due to the mistaken belief that they were
agents of Nasser’s Egypt during a brief intelligence “brown scare.” Later leaders of American white
nationalism came to politics through the ANP; including a teenage David Duke and William
Luther Pierce of the National Alliance, although they soon distanced themselves from explicit
self-identification with neo-Nazism. In 1961, the World Union of National Socialists
was founded by Rockwell and Colin Jordan of the British National Socialist Movement, adopting
the Cotswold Declaration. French socialite Françoise Dior was involved romantically
with Jordan and his deputy John Tyndall and a friend of Savitri Devi, who also attended
the meeting. The National Socialist Movement wore quasi-SA uniforms, was involved in streets
conflicts with the Jewish 62 Group. In the 1970s, Tyndall’s earlier involvement with
neo-Nazism would come back to haunt the National Front, which he led, as they attempted to
ride a wave of anti-immigration populism and concerns over British national decline. Televised
exposes on This Week in 1974 and World in Action in 1978, showed their neo-Nazi pedigree
and damaged their electoral chances. In 1967, Rockwell was killed by a disgruntled former
member. Matthias Koehl took control of the ANP, and strongly influenced by Savitri Devi,
gradually transformed it into an esoteric group known as the New Order.In Franco’s Spain,
certain SS refugees most notably Otto Skorzeny, Léon Degrelle and the son of Klaus Barbie
became associated with CEDADE (Círculo Español de Amigos de Europa), an organisation which
disseminated Third Reich apologetics out of Barcelona. They intersected with neo-Nazi
advocates from Mark Fredriksen in France to Salvador Borrego in Mexico.
In the post-fascist Italian Social Movement splinter groups such as Ordine Nuovo and Avanguardia
Nazionale, involved in the “Years of Lead” considered National Socialism a reference.
Franco Freda created a “Nazi-Maoist” synthesis. In Germany itself, the various Third Reich
nostalgic movements coalesced around the National Democratic Party of Germany in 1964 and in
Austria the National Democratic Party in 1967 as the primary sympathisers of the NSDAP past,
although more publicly cautious than earlier groups.===Holocaust denial and subcultures, 1970s–1990s
===Holocaust denial, the claim that six million
Jews were not deliberately and systematically exterminated as an official policy of the
Third Reich and Adolf Hitler, became a more prominent feature of neo-Nazism in the 1970s.
Before this time, Holocaust denial had long existed as a sentiment among neo-Nazis, but
it had not yet been systematically articulated as a theory with a bibliographical canon.
Few of the major theorists of Holocaust denial (who call themselves “revisionists”) can be
uncontroversially classified as outright neo-Nazis (though some works such as those of David
Irving forward a clearly sympathetic view of Hitler and the publisher Ernst Zündel
was deeply tied to international neo-Nazism), however, the main interest of Holocaust denial
to neo-Nazis was their hope that it would help them rehabilitate their political ideology
in the eyes of the general public. Did Six Million Really Die? (1974) by Richard Verrall
and The Hoax of the Twentieth Century (1976) by Arthur Butz are popular examples of Holocaust
denial material. Key developments in international neo-Nazism
during this time include the radicalisation of the Vlaamse Militanten Orde under former
Hitler Youth member Bert Eriksson. They began hosting an annual conference; the “Iron Pilgrimage”;
at Diksmuide, which drew kindred ideologues from across Europe and beyond. As well as
this, the NSDAP/AO under Gary Lauck arose in the United States in 1972 and challenged
the international influence of the Rockwellite WUNS. Lauck’s organisation drew support from
the National Socialist Movement of Denmark of Povl Riis-Knudsen and various German and
Austrian figures who felt that the “National Democratic” parties were too bourgeois and
insufficiently National Socialist in orientation. This included Michael Kühnen, Christian Worch,
Bela Ewald Althans and Gottfried Küssel of the 1977-founded ANS/NS which called for the
establishment of a Germanic Fourth Reich. Some ANS/NS members were imprisoned for planning
paramilitary attacks on NATO bases in Germany and planning to liberate Rudolf Hess from
Spandau Prison. The organisation was officially banned in 1983 by the Minister of the Interior.
During the late 1970s, a British subculture came to be associated with neo-Nazism; the
skinheads. Portraying an ultra-masculine, crude and aggressive image, with working-class
references, some of the skinheads joined the British Movement under Michael McLaughlin
(successor of Colin Jordan), while others became associated with the National Front’s
Rock Against Communism project which was meant to counter the SWP’s Rock Against Racism.
The most significant music group involved in this project was Skrewdriver, led by Ian
Stuart Donaldson. Together with ex-BM member Nicky Crane, Donaldson founded the international
Blood & Honour network in 1987. By 1992 this network, with input from Harold Covington,
had developed a paramilitary wing; Combat 18, which intersected with football hooligan
firms such as the Chelsea Headhunters. The neo-Nazi skinhead movement spread to the United
States, with groups such as the Hammerskins. It was popularised from 1986 onwards by Tom
Metzger of the White Aryan Resistance. Since then it has spread across the world. Films
such as Romper Stomper (1992) and American History X (1998) would fix a public perception
that neo-Nazism and skinheads were synonymous. New developments also emerged on the esoteric
level, as former Chilean diplomat Miguel Serrano built on the works of Carl Jung, Otto Rahn,
Wilhelm Landig, Julius Evola and Savitri Devi to bind together and develop already existing
theories. Serrano had been a member of the National Socialist Movement of Chile in the
1930s and from the early days of neo-Nazism he had been in contact with key figures across
Europe and beyond. Despite this, he was able to work as an ambassador to numerous countries
until the rise of Salvador Allende. In 1984 he published his book Adolf Hitler: The Ultimate
Avatar. Serrano claimed that the Aryans were extragalactic beings who founded Hyperborea
and lived the heroic life of Bodhisattvas, while the Jews were created by the Demiurge
and were concerned only with coarse materialism. Serrano claimed that a new Golden Age can
be attained if the Hyperboreans repurify their blood (supposedly the light of the Black Sun)
and restore their “blood-memory.” As with Savitri Devi before him, Serrano’s works became
a key point of reference in neo-Nazism.===Lifting of the Iron Curtain, 1990s–present
===With the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse
of the Soviet Union during the early 1990s, neo-Nazism began to spread its ideas in the
East, as hostility to the triumphant liberal order was high and revanchism a widespread
feeling. In Russia, during the chaos of the early 1990s, an amorphous mixture of KGB hardliners,
Orthodox neo-Tsarist nostalgics (i.e. – Pamyat) and explicit National Socialists found themselves
strewn together in the same camp. They were united by opposition to the influence of the
United States, against the liberalising legacy of Mikhail Gorbachev’s perestroika and on
the Jewish question, Soviet Zionology merged with a more explicit anti-Jewish sentiment.
The most significant organisation representing this was Russian National Unity under the
leadership of Alexander Barkashov, where black-uniform clad Russians marched with a red flag incorporating
the Swastika under the banner of Russia for Russians. These forces came together in a
last gasp effort to save the Supreme Soviet of Russia against Boris Yeltsin during the
1993 Russian constitutional crisis. As well as events in Russia, in newly independent
ex-Soviet states, annual commemorations for SS volunteers now took place; particularly
in Latvia, Estonia and the Ukraine. The Russian developments excited German neo-Nazism
who dreamed of a Berlin—Moscow alliance against the supposedly “decadent” Atlanticist
forces; a dream which had been thematic since the days of Remer. Zündel visited Russia
and met with Russian National Unity luminaries such as ex-KGB general Aleksandr Stergilov.
Despite these initial aspirations, international neo-Nazism and its close affiliates in ultra-nationalism
would be split over the Bosnian War between 1992 and 1995, as part of the breakup of Yugoslavia.
The split would largely be along ethnic and sectarian lines. The Germans and the French
would largely back the Western Catholic Croats (Lauck’s NSDAP/AO explicitly called for volunteers,
which Kühnen’s Free German Workers’ Party answered and the French formed the “Groupe
Jacques Doriot”), while the Russians and the Greeks would back the Orthodox Serbs (including
Russians from Barkashov’s Russian National Unity, Eduard Limonov’s National Bolshevik
Front and Golden Dawn members joined the Greek Volunteer Guard). Indeed, the revival of National
Bolshevism was able to steal some of the thunder from overt Russian neo-Nazism, as ultra-nationalism
was wedded with veneration of Joseph Stalin in place of Adolf Hitler, while still also
flirting with National Socialist aesthetics.==Analogous European movements==
Outside Germany, in other countries which were involved with the Axis powers and had
their own native ultra-nationalist movements, which sometimes collaborated with the Third
Reich but were not technically German-style National Socialists, revivalist and nostalgic
movements have emerged in the post-war period which, as neo-Nazism has done in Germany,
seek to rehabilitate their various loosely associated ideologies. These movements include
neo-fascists and post-fascists in Italy; Vichyites, Pétainists and “national Europeans” in France;
Ustaše sympathisers in Croatia; neo-Chetniks in Serbia; Iron Guard revivalists in Romania;
Hungarists and Horthyists in Hungary; Banderaists in the Ukraine (which had a complicated relationship
with the Axis powers) and others.===Italy===Following the last stand of Italian fascism
with the German-supported Italian Social Republic towards the end of the Second World War, those
elements within Italian society which remained loyal to the legacy of Benito Mussolini and
fascism (especially veterans of the National Republican Army), rejecting both the Catholic
and Communist alternatives prominent in mainstream Italian politics, founded the Italian Social
Movement in 1946 under Giorgio Almirante. The MSI was regarded as the successor of the
National Fascist Party and the Republican Fascist Party. The motto of the party was
“not repudiate, not restore”, indicating a more moderate parliamentary democratic neo-fascism,
which did not heap scorn on the recent past. Italian society did not undergo a process
as extensive as the post-war Denazification campaign in occupied Germany, partly due to
the Cold War and the Western Allies not wanting Italy to move towards the Warsaw Pact (which
was not an impossibility at the time).The Italian Social Movement held a similar position
in Italian politics that the National Democratic Party of Germany did in Germany; careful enough
to stay within the laws of the new democratic state, but still clearly identified with the
Axis legacy. During the 1950s, the MSI moved closer to bourgeois conservative politics
on the domestic front, which led to radical youths founding hardline splinter groups,
such as Pino Rauti’s Ordine Nuovo (later succeeded by Ordine Nero) and Stefano Delle Chiaie’s
Avanguardia Nazionale. These organisations were influenced by the esotericism of Julius
Evola and considered the Waffen-SS and Romanian leader Corneliu Zelea Codreanu a reference,
moving beyond Italian fascism. They were implicated in paramiliary attacks during the late 1960s
to the early 1980s, such as the Piazza Fontana bombing. Delle Chiaie had even assisted Junio
Valerio Borghese in a failed 1970 coup attempt known as the Golpe Borghese, which attempted
to reinstate a fascist state in Italy. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the
Italian Social Movement under the leadership of Gianfranco Fini moved closer to conservative
politics, adopting a “post-fascist” position. This was opposed by the fascist element under
Rauti who created Fiamma Tricolore in 1995. The party was dissolved under Fini in 1995,
who replaced it with the National Alliance. This party rapidly moved away from any connection
to the fascist past, towards the center-right in coalition with Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza
Italia. The two parties merged in 2009 to become The People of Freedom. Alessandra Mussolini,
troubled by Fini’s explicit condemnation of her grandfather broke with the AN to found
Social Action. Aside from Fiamma Tricolore, the other extant neo-fascist groups in Italy
are Forza Nuova, the Fronte Nazionale, Movimento Idea Sociale (another Rauti creation) and
the cultural CasaPound project. In terms of current size, they are mostly negligible.===France===In France, the most enthusiastic collaborationists
during the German occupation of France had been the National Popular Rally of Marcel
Déat (former SFIO members) and the French Popular Party of Jacques Doriot (former French
Communist Party members). These two groups, like the Germans, saw themselves as combining
ultra-nationalism and socialism. In the south there existed the vassal state of Vichy France
under the military “Hero of the Verdun”, Marshal Philippe Pétain whose Révolution nationale
emphasised an authoritarian Catholic conservative politics. Following the liberation of France
and the creation of the Fourth French Republic, collaborationists were prosecuted during the
épuration légale and nearly 800 put to death for treason under Charles de Gaulle.
In the aftermath of the Second World War, the main concern of the French radical right
was the collapse of the French Empire, in particular the Algerian War, which led to
the creation of the OAS. Outside of this, individual fascistic activists such as Maurice
Bardèche (brother-in-law of Robert Brasillach), as well as SS-veterans Saint-Loup and René
Binet, were active in France and involved in the European Social Movement and later
the New European Order, alongside similar groups from across Europe. Early neo-fascist
groups included Jeune Nation, which introduced the Celtic cross into use by radical right
groups (an association which would spread internationally). A “neither East, nor West”
pan-Europeanism was most popular among French fascistic activists until the late 1960s,
partly motivated by feelings of national vulnerability following the collapse of their empire; thus
the Belgian SS-veteran Jean-François Thiriart’s group Jeune Europe also had a considerable
French contingent. It was the 1960s, during the Fifth French
Republic, that a considerable upturn in French neo-fascism occurred; some of it in response
to the Protests of 1968. The most explicitly pro-Nazi of these was the FANE of Mark Fredriksen.
Neo-fascist groups included Pierre Sidos’ Occident, the Ordre Nouveau (which was banned
after violent clashes with the Trotskyist LCR) and the student-based Groupe Union Défense.
A number of these activists such as François Duprat were instrumental in founding the Front
National under Jean-Marie Le Pen; but the FN also included a broader selection from
the French hard-right, including not only these neo-fascist elements, but also Catholic
integrists, monarchists, Algerian War veterans, Poujadists and national-conservatives. Others
from these neo-fascist micro-groups formed the Parti des forces nouvelles working against
Le Pen. Within the FN itself, Duprat founded the FANE-backed
Groupes nationalistes révolutionnaires faction, until his 1978 assassination. The subsequent
history of the French hard right has been the conflict between the national-conservative
controlled FN and “national revolutionary” (fascistic and National Bolshevik) splinter
or opposition groups. The latter include groups in the tradition of Thiriart and Duprat, such
as the Parti communautaire national-européen, Troisième voie, the Nouvelle Résistance
of Christian Bouchet, Unité Radicale and most recently Bloc identitaire. Direct splits
from the FN include the 1987 founded FANE-revival Parti nationaliste français et européen,
which was disbanded in 2000. Neo-Nazi organizations are outlawed in the Fifth French Republic,
yet a significant number of them still exist.===Croatia===Neo-Nazis in Croatia base their ideology on
the writings of Ante Pavelić and the Ustaše, a fascist anti-Yugoslav separatist movement.
The Ustaše regime committed a genocide against Serbs, Jews and Roma. At the end of World
War II, many Ustaše members fled to the West, where they found sanctuary and continued their
political and terrorist activities (which were tolerated due to Cold War hostilities).In
1999, Zagreb’s Square of the Victims of Fascism was renamed Croatian Nobles Square, provoking
widespread criticism of Croatia’s attitude towards the Holocaust. In 2000, the Zagreb
City Council again renamed the sqare into Square of the Victims of Fascism. Many streets
in Croatia were renamed after the prominent Ustaše figure Mile Budak, which provoked
outrage amongst the Serbian minority. Since 2002, there has been a reversal of this development,
and streets with the name of Mile Budak or other persons connected with the Ustaše movement
are few or non-existent. A plaque in Slunj with the inscription “Croatian Knight Jure
Francetić” was erected to commemorate Francetić, the notorious Ustaše leader of the Black
Legion. The plaque remained there for four years, until it was removed by the authorities.In
2003, Croatian penal code was amended with provisions prohibiting the public display
of Nazi symbols, the propagation of Nazi ideology, historical revisionism and holocaust denial
but the amendments were annulled in 2004 since they weren’t enacted in accordance with a
constitutionally prescribed procedure. Nevertheless, since 2006 Croatian penal code explicitly
prohibits any type of hate crime based on race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion
or national origin.There have been instances of hate speech in Croatia, such as the use
of the phrase Srbe na vrbe! (“(Hang) Serbs on the willow trees!”). In 2004, an Orthodox
church was spray-painted with pro-Ustaše graffiti. During some protests in Croatia,
supporters of Ante Gotovina and other at the time suspected war criminals (all acquitted
in 2012) have carried nationalist symbols and pictures of Pavelić. On 17 May 2007,
a concert in Zagreb by Thompson, a popular Croatian singer, was attended by 60,000 people,
some of them wearing Ustaše uniforms. Some gave Ustaše salutes and shouted the Ustaše
slogan “Za dom spremni” (For the homeland – ready!). This event prompted the Simon
Wiesenthal Center to publicly issue a protest to the Croatian president. Cases of displaying
Ustashe memorabilia have been recorded at the commemoration for the Bleiburg repatriations
held annually in Bleiburg, Austria.===Serbia===
An example of neo-Nazism in Serbia is the group Nacionalni stroj. In 2006 charges were
brought against 18 leading members. The other organization was Obraz which was banned on
12 June 2012 by Constitutional Court of Serbia. Besides political parties, there are a few
militant neo-nazi organizations in Serbia, such as Blood & Honour Serbia and Combat 18.===Hungary===In Hungary, the historical political party
which allied itself ideologically with German National Socialism and drew inspiration from
it, was the Arrow Cross Party of Ferenc Szálasi. They referred to themselves explicitly as
National Socialists and within Hungarian politics this tendency is known as Hungarism. After
the Second World War, exiles such as Árpád Henney kept the Hungarist tradition alive.
Following the fall of the Hungarian People’s Republic in 1989, which was a Marxist-Leninist
state and a member of the Warsaw Pact, many new parties emerged. Amongst these was the
Hungarian National Front of István Győrkös, which was a Hungarist party and considered
itself the heirs of Arrow Cross-style National Socialism (a self-description they explicitly
embraced); it forged links with Gottfried Küssel and the NSDAP/AO. In the 2000s, Győrkös’
movement moved closer to a national communist and neo-Eurasian position, aligned with Aleksandr
Dugin, cooperating with the Hungarian Workers’ Party. Some Hungarists opposed this and founded
the Pax Hungarica Movement. In modern Hungary, the ultranationalist Jobbik
is regarded by some scholars as a neo-Nazi party; for example, it has been termed as
such by Randolph L. Braham. The party denies being neo-Nazi, although “there is extensive
proof that the leading members of the party made no effort to hide their racism and anti-Semitism.”
Rudolf Paksa, a scholar of the Hungarian far right, describes Jobbik as “anti-Semitic,
racist, homophobic and chauvinistic” but not as neo-Nazi because it does not pursue the
establishment of a totalitarian regime. Historian Krisztián Ungváry writes that “It is safe
to say that certain messages of Jobbik can be called open neo-Nazi propaganda. However,
it is quite certain that the popularity of the party is not due to these statements.”===Romania===
In Romania, the ultra-nationalist movement which allied itself with the Axis powers and
German National Socialism was the Iron Guard, also known as the Legion of the Archangel
Michael. There are some modern political organisations which consider themselves heirs of Legionarism,
this includes Noua Dreaptă and the “Everything For the Country” Party, founded by former
Iron Guard members. The latter organisation was outlawed in 2015. Aside, from these Romanian
organisations, the Sixty-Four Counties Youth Movement representing ultra-nationalism from
the Hungarian minority is also present, especially in Transylvania. Other nationalistic and irridentist
groups such as the Greater Romania Party do not originate from Legionarism, but in fact
grew out of national communist tendencies from the era of Nicolae Ceaușescu (the party
was founded by his “court poet” Corneliu Vadim Tudor).===Ukraine===In 1991 Svoboda was founded as the Social-National
Party of Ukraine. The party combined radical nationalism and neo-Nazi features. It was
renamed and rebranded 13 years later as All-Ukrainian Association Svoboda in 2004 under Oleh Tyahnybok.
In 2016, The Nation reported that “in Ukrainian municipal elections held [in October 2015],
the neo-Nazi Svoboda party won 10 percent of the vote in Kiev and placed second in Lviv.
The Svoboda party’s candidate actually won the mayoral election in the city of Konotop.”
The Svoboda party mayor in Konotop reportedly has the number “14/88” displayed on his car
and has refused to display the city’s official flag because it contains a star of David,
and has implied that Jews were responsible for the Holodomor.The topic of Ukrainian nationalism
and its alleged relationship to neo-Nazism came to the fore in polemics about the more
radical elements involved in the Euromaidan protests and subsequent Ukrainian crisis from
2013 onward. Some Russian, Latin American, U.S. and Israeli media have attempted to portray
the Ukrainian nationalists in the conflict as neo-Nazi. The main Ukrainian organisations
involved with a neo-Banderaite legacy are Right Sector, Svoboda and Azov Battalion.
The persons regarded as Ukraine’s national heroes — Stepan Bandera, Roman Shukhevych
or Dmytro Klyachkivsky of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and Ukrainian
Insurgent Army (UPA) — at times supported and then opposed the presence of the Third
Reich in Ukraine.After Yanokovych’s ouster in February 2014, the interim Yatsenyuk Government
placed 4 Svoboda members in leading positions: Oleksandr Sych as Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine,
Ihor Tenyukh as Minister of Defense, lawyer Ihor Shvaika as Minister of Agrarian Policy
and Food and Andriy Mokhnyk as Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine.
Since 14 April 2016 the Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament has been Andriy Parubiy, the co-founder
of the neo-Nazi Social-National Party of Ukraine.In June 2015, Democratic Representative John
Conyers and his Republican colleague Ted Yoho offered bipartisan amendments to block the
U.S. military training of Ukraine’s Azov Battalion — called a “neo-Nazi paramilitary militia”
by Conyers and Yoho. Andriy Biletsky, the head of the ultra-nationalist and neo-Nazi
political groups Social-National Assembly and Patriots of Ukraine, has been commander
of the Azov Battalion. Azov Battalion of the Ukrainian National Guard is fighting pro-Russian
separatists in the War in Donbass. Some members of the battalion are openly white supremacists.==Issues=====Ex-Nazis in mainstream politics===The most significant case on an international
level was the election of Kurt Waldheim to the Presidency of Austria in 1986. It came
to light that Waldheim had been a member of the National Socialist German Students’ League,
the SA and served as an intelligence officer during the Second World War. Following this
he served as an Austrian diplomat and was the Secretary-General of the United Nations
from 1972 until 1981. After revelations of Waldheim’s past were made by an Austrian journalist,
Waldheim clashed with the World Jewish Congress on the international stage. Waldheim’s record
was defended by Bruno Kreisky, an Austrian Jew who served as Chancellor of Austria. The
legacy of the affair lingers on, as Victor Ostrovsky has claimed the Mossad doctored
the file of Waldheim to implicate him in war crimes.===Contemporary right-wing populism===
Some critics have sought to draw a connection between Nazism and modern right-wing populism
in Europe, but the two are not widely regarded as interchangeable by most academics. In Austria,
the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) served as a shelter for ex-Nazis almost from its
inception. In 1980, scandals undermined Austria’s two main parties and the economy stagnated.
Jörg Haider became leader of the FPÖ and offered partial justification for Nazism,
calling its employment policy effective. In the 1994 Austrian election, the FPÖ won 22
percent of the vote, as well as 33 percent of the vote in Carinthia and 22 percent in
Vienna; showing that it had become a force capable of reversing the old pattern of Austrian
politics.Historian Walter Laqueur writes that even though Haider welcomed former Nazis at
his meetings and went out of his way to address Schutzstaffel (SS) veterans, the FPÖ is not
a fascist party in the traditional sense, since it has not made anti-communism an important
issue, and it does not advocate the overthrow of the democratic order or the use of violence.
In his view, the FPÖ is “not quite fascist”, although it is part of a tradition, similar
to that of 19th-century Viennese mayor Karl Lueger, which involves nationalism, xenophobic
populism, and authoritarianism. Haider, who in 2005 left the Freedom Party and formed
the Alliance for Austria’s Future, was killed in a traffic accident in October 2008.Barbara
Rosenkranz, the Freedom Party’s candidate for the Austrian presidential election, 2010,
is controversial for having made allegedly pro-Nazi statements. Rosenkranz is married
to Horst Rosenkranz, a key member of a banned neo-Nazi party, who is known for publishing
far-right books. Rosenkranz says she cannot detect anything “dishonourable” in her husband’s
activities.==Around the world=====Europe=======Belgium====A Belgian neo-Nazi organization, Bloed, Bodem,
Eer en Trouw (Blood, Soil, Honour and Loyalty), was created in 2004 after splitting from the
international network (Blood and Honour). The group rose to public prominence in September
2006, after 17 members (including 11 soldiers) were arrested under the December 2003 anti-terrorist
laws and laws against racism, antisemitism and supporters of censorship. According to
Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx and Interior Minister Patrick Dewael, the suspects (11
of whom were members of the military) were preparing to launch terrorist attacks in order
to “destabilize” Belgium. According to the journalist Manuel Abramowicz, of the Resistances,
the extremists of the radical right have always had as its aim to “infiltrate the state mechanisms,”
including the army in the 1970s and the 1980s, through Westland New Post and the Front de
la Jeunesse.A police operation, which mobilized 150 agents, searched five military barracks
(in Leopoldsburg near the Dutch border, Kleine-Brogel, Peer, Brussels (Royal military school) and
Zedelgem) as well as 18 private addresses in Flanders. They found weapons, munitions,
explosives and a homemade bomb large enough to make “a car explode”. The leading suspect,
B.T., was organizing the trafficking of weapons and was developing international links, in
particular with the Dutch far-right movement De Nationale Alliantie.====Bosnia and Herzegovina====
The neo-Nazi white nationalist organization Bosanski Pokret Nacionalnog Ponosa (Bosnian
Movement of National Pride) was founded in Bosnia and Herzegovina in July 2009. Its model
is the Waffen-SS Handschar Division, which was composed of Bosniak volunteers. It proclaimed
its main enemies to be “Jews, Roma, Serbian Chetniks, the Croatian separatists, Josip
Broz Tito, Communists, homosexuals and blacks”. Its ideology is a mixture of Bosnian nationalism,
National Socialism and white nationalism. It says “”Ideologies that are not welcome
in Bosnia are: Zionism, Islamism, communism, capitalism. The only ideology good for us
is Bosnian nationalism because it secures national prosperity and social justice…”
The group is led by a person nicknamed Sauberzwig, after the commander of the 13th SS Handschar.
The group’s strongest area of operations is in the Tuzla area of Bosnia.====Czech Republic====
The government of the Czech Republic strictly punishes neo-Nazism (Czech: Neonacismus).
According to a report by the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic, neo-Nazis
committed more than 211 crimes in 2013. The Czech Republic has various neo-Nazi groups.
One of them is the group Wotan Jugend, based in Germany.====Estonia====
In 2006, Roman Ilin, a Jewish theatre director from St. Petersburg, Russia, was attacked
by neo-Nazis when returning from an underground tunnel after a rehearsal. Ilin subsequently
accused Estonian police of indifference after filing the incident. When a dark-skinned French
student was attacked in Tartu, the head of an association of foreign students claimed
that the attack was characteristic of a wave of neo-Nazi violence. An Estonian police official,
however, stated that there were only a few cases involving foreign students over the
previous two years. In November 2006, the Estonian government passed a law banning the
display of Nazi symbols.The 2008 United Nations Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur’s
Report noted that community representatives and non-governmental organizations devoted
to human rights had pointed out that neo-Nazi groups were active in Estonia—particularly
in Tartu—and had perpetrated acts of violence against non-European minorities.====Germany====Following the failure of the National Democratic
Party of Germany in the election of 1969, small groups committed to the revival of Nazi
ideology began to emerge in Germany. The NPD splintered following the election giving rise
to paramilitary Wehrsportgruppe. These groups attempted to organize under a national umbrella
organization called the Action Front of National Socialists/National Activists. Neo-Nazi movements
in East Germany were borne of rebellion against the Communist regime; the banning of Nazi
symbols created fertile ground for neo-Nazism, then in its infancy, to develop as an anti-authoritarian
youth movement. Bands like Skrewdriver served as tools for far-right recruitment; mail order
networks developed to send verböten Nazi-themed music cassettes and merchandise to Germany.Turks
in Germany have been victims of neo-Nazi violence on several occasions. In 1992, two young girls,
aged 10 and 14, were killed in the Mölln arson attack along with their grandmother;
9 others were injured. In 1993, 5 Turks were killed in the Solingen arson attack. In response
to the fire Turkish youth in Solingen rioted chanting “Nazis out!” and “We want Nazi blood”.
In other parts of Germany police had to intervene to protect skinheads from assault. The Hoyerswerda
riots and Rostock-Lichtenhagen riots targeting migrants and ethnic minorities living in Germany
also took place during the 1990s.Between 2000 and 2007, eight Turkish immigrants, one Greek
and a German policewoman were murdered by the neo-Nazi National Socialist Underground.
The NSU has its roots in the former East German town of Thuringia, which The Guardian identified
as “one of the heartlands of Germany’s radical right”. The German intelligence services have
been criticized for extravagant distributions of cash to informants within the far right
movement. Tino Brandt publicly boasted on television that he had received around €100,000
in funding from the German state. Though Brandt did not give the state “useful information”,
the funding supported recruitment efforts in Thuringia during the early 1990s. (Brandt
was eventually sentenced to five and a half years in prison on for 66 counts of child
prostitution and child sexual abuse).Police were only able to locate the killers when
they were tipped off following a botched bank robbery in Eisenach. As the police closed
in on them, the two men committed suicide. They had evaded capture for 13 years. Beate
Zschäpe, who had been living with the two men in Zwickau, turned herself in to the German
authorities a few days later. Zschäpe’s trial began in May 2013; she was charged with nine
counts of murder. She plead “not guilty”. According to The Guardian, the NSU may have
enjoyed protection and support from certain “elements of the state”. Anders Breivik, a
fan of Zschäpe’s, reportedly sent her a letter from prison in 2012.According to the annual
report of Germany’s interior intelligence service (Verfassungsschutz) for 2012, at the
time there were 26,000 right-wing extremists living in Germany, including 6,000 neo-Nazis.
The neo-Nazi organizations are not outlawed in Germany, although Holocaust denial is a
crime, according to the German Criminal Code (Strafgesetzbuch § 86a) and § 130 (public
incitement).====Greece====In April 1967, a few weeks prior to an election,
a military coup d’état took place in Greece and a fascist military government ruled the
country from 1967 to 1974. It was called the “Regime of the Colonels”, and was headed by
Colonel Georgios Papadopoulos. The official reason given for the coup was that a “communist
conspiracy” had infiltrated all levels of society. Although there have been persistent
rumors about an active support of the coup by the U.S. government, there is no evidence
to support such claims. The timing of the coup apparently caught the CIA by surprise.The
far right political party Golden Dawn (Χρυσή Αυγή – Chrysi Avyi) is generally labelled
neo-Nazi, although the group rejects this label. A few Golden Dawn members participated
in the Bosnian War in the Greek Volunteer Guard (GVG) and were present in Srebrenica
during the Srebrenica massacre. The party has its roots in Papadopoulos’ regime.
There is often collaboration between the state and neo-Nazi elements in Greece. In 2018,
during the trial of sixty-nine members of the Golden Dawn party, evidence was presented
of the close ties between the party and the Hellenic Police.Golden Dawn has spoken out
in favour of the Assad regime in Syria, and the Strasserist group Black Lily have claimed
to have sent mercenaries to Syria to fight alongside the Syrian regime, specifically
mentioning their participation in the Battle of al-Qusayr. In the 6 May 2012 legislative
election, Golden Dawn received 6.97% of the votes, entering the Greek parliament for the
first time with 21 representatives, but when the elected parties were unable to form a
coalition government a second election was held in June 2012. Golden Dawn received 6.92%
of the votes in the June election and entered the Greek parliament with 18 representatives.
Since 2008, neo-Nazi violence in Greece has targeted immigrants, leftists and anarchist
activists. In 2009, certain far right groups announced that Agios Panteleimonas in Athens
was off limits to immigrants. Neo-Nazi patrols affiliated with the Golden Dawn party began
attacking migrants in this neighborhood. The violence continued escalating through 2010.
In 2013, after the murder of anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas, the number of hate crimes
in Greece declined for several years until 2017. Many of the crimes in 2017 have been
attributed to other groups like the Crypteia organisation and Combat 18 Hellas.====Hungary====
The Hungarian Guard is a neo-Nazi paramilitary organization in Hungary. The Guard was modelled
on the Arrow Cross Party, which participated in the murder of Jews and Gypsies during the
Holocaust. It serves as a paramilitary force for the far right Jobbik party. Gypsy homes
have been targeted by night time death squads who throw a molotov cocktail through the window
and then open fire on the inhabitants as they flee their burning homes. The Chief of Police
in Miskolc has made public statements that “Hungarian and Gypsy cultures can’t mix”.====Netherlands====
The Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism reports that on 17 May 2011 in Leek, Groningen,
antisemitic graffiti was found at a Jewish school. The graffiti consisted of a swastika
and the text “C18”, or Combat 18, a neo-Nazi organisation active throughout Europe. The
number 18 refers to the initials of Adolf Hitler, A and H being the first and eighth
letters of the alphabet, respectively.====Poland====Under the Polish Constitution promoting any
totalitarian system such as Nazism and fascism (as well as communism) as well as inciting
violence and/or racial hatred is illegal. This was further re-enforced in the Polish
Penal Code where discrediting any group or persons on national, religious, racial or
religious grounds carries a sentence of 3 years.Although several small far-right and
anti-semitic organisations exist, most notably NOP and ONR (both of which exist legally),
they frequently adhere to Polish nationalism and National Democracy, in which Nazism is
generally considered to be against ultra-nationalist principles, and although they are classed
as nationalist and fascist movements, they are at the same time considered anti-Nazi.
Some of their elements may resemble neo-Nazi features, but these groups frequently dissociate
themselves from Nazi elements, claiming that such acts are unpatriotic and they argue that
Nazism misappropriated or slightly altered several pre-existing symbols and features,
such as distinguishing the Roman salute from the Nazi salute.Self-declared neo-nazi movements
in Poland frequently treat Polish culture and traditions with contempt, are anti-Christian
and translate various texts from German, meaning they are considered movements favouring Germanisation..
According to several reporter investigations the Polish government turns a blind eye to
these groups and they are free to spread their ideology, frequently dismissing their existence
as conspiracy theories, dismissing acts political provocations, deeming them too insignificant
to pose a threat, or attempting to justify or diminish the seriousness of their actions.====Russia====There are a few Russian neo-Nazis that openly
admire Adolf Hitler and use the swastika as their symbol. Russian neo-Nazis are characterized
by racism, antisemitism, homophobia, Islamophobia and extreme xenophobia towards people from
Asia. Their ideology centers on defending Russian national identity against what they
perceive as a takeover by minority groups such as Jews, Caucasians, gay people, Central
Asians, East Asians, Roma people (gypsies), and Muslims. There is also a widespread gay
rights Nazi skinhead subculture with its own Vkontakte group, GASH, and an alleged 1700
members in Moscow alone. Russian neo-Nazis have made it an explicit
goal to take over the country by force, and have put serious effort into preparing for
this. Paramilitary organizations operating under the guise of sports clubs have trained
their members in squad tactics, hand to hand combat and weapons handling. They have stockpiled
and used weapons, often illegally. Some observers have noted a subjective irony
of Russians embracing Nazism, because one of Hitler’s ambitions at the start of World
War II was the Generalplan Ost (Master Plan East) which envisaged to exterminate, expel,
or enslave most or all Slavs from central and eastern Europe (e.g., Russians, Ukrainians,
Poles etc.). Russian neo-Nazis deny the authenticity of this plan and instead emphasize the 1939-1941
Nazi-Soviet non-aggression pact. At the end of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union,
over 25 million Soviet citizens had died. In a 2007 news story, ABC News reported, “In
a country that lost more people defeating the Nazis than any other country, there are
now an estimated 50,000 to 70,000 neo-Nazis, half of the world’s total.”The dissolution
of the Soviet Union in 1991 caused great economic and social problems, including widespread
unemployment and poverty. Several far right paramilitary organizations were able to tap
into popular discontent, particularly among marginalized, lesser educated and unemployed
youths. Of the three major age groups — youths, adults, and the elderly — youths may have
been hit the hardest. The elderly suffered due to inadequate (or unpaid) pensions, but
they found effective political representation in the Communist Party, and generally had
their concerns addressed through better budget allocations. Adults, although often suffering
financially and psychologically due to job losses, were generally able to find new sources
of income. Russian National Unity (RNE), founded in 1990
and led by Alexander Barkashov, has claimed to have members in 250 cities. RNE adopted
the swastika as its symbol, and sees itself as the avant-garde of a coming national revolution.
It is critical of other major far right organizations, such as the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia
(LDPR). Historian Walter Laqueur calls RNE far closer to the Nazi model than the LDPR.
RNE publishes several news sheets; one of them, Russky poryadok, claims to have a circulation
of 150,000. Full members of RNE are called Soratnik (comrades in arms), receive combat
training at locations near Moscow, and many of them work as security officers or armed
guards.On 15 August 2007, Russian authorities arrested a student for allegedly posting a
video on the Internet which appears to show two migrant workers being beheaded in front
of a red and black swastika flag. Alexander Verkhovsky, the head of a Moscow-based center
that monitors hate crime in Russia, said, “It looks like this is the real thing. The
killing is genuine … There are similar videos from the Chechen war. But this is the first
time the killing appears to have been done intentionally.”====Sweden====
Neo-Nazi activities in Sweden have previously been limited to white supremacist groups,
few of which have a membership over a few hundred members. The main neo-Nazi organization
as of 2017 is the Nordic Resistance Movement. Nordic Resistance Movement self-identifies
as a National Socialist political movement with a parliamentary branch. They are also
active in Norway, Finland, and Denmark.====Switzerland====The neo-Nazi and white power skinhead scene
in Switzerland has seen significant growth in the 1990s and 2000s. It is reflected in
the foundation of the Partei National Orientierter Schweizer in 2000, which resulted in an improved
organizational structure of the neo-Nazi and white supremacist scene.====Turkey====Apart from neo-fascist Grey Wolves and the
Turkish ultranationalist Nationalist Movement Party, there are some neo-Nazi organizations
in Turkey such as the Turkish Nazi Party or the National Socialist Party of Turkey, which
are mainly based on the Internet.====United Kingdom=======Asia=======India====
Though Hindu nationalists distanced themselves from the totalitarian regimes with whom they
had previously enjoyed close ties, Nazism and Nazi occultism, in particular, have remained
a subject of interest in India throughout the post-War era.====Pakistan====
Pro-Nazi sentiment is widespread in Pakistan, according to the German magazine Der Spiegel,
compounded by the anti-Semitism engendered by the opposition to Israel and support for
Palestine general throughout the region. Such attitudes, exemplified by a belief that Hitler
was a military genius, are shared by both Muslims and Hindus, and are related to the
belief that Pakistanis are Aryans, and therefore would be accepted in Nazi Germany.====Israel====
Neo-Nazi activity is not common or widespread in Israel, and the few reported activities
have all been the work of extremists, who were punished severely. One notable case is
that of Patrol 36, a cell in Petah Tikva made up of eight teenage immigrants from the former
Soviet Union who had been attacking foreign workers and gay people, and vandalizing synagogues
with Nazi images. These neo-Nazis were reported to have operated in cities across Israel,
and have been described as being influenced by the rise of neo-Nazism in Europe; mostly
influenced by similar movements in Russia and Ukraine, as the rise of the phenomenon
is widely credited to immigrants from those two states, the largest sources of emigration
to Israel. Widely publicized arrests have led to a call to reform the Law of Return
to permit the revocation of Israeli citizenship for – and the subsequent deportation of
– neo-Nazis.====Mongolia====From 2008, Mongolian neo-Nazi groups have
defaced buildings in Ulaanbaatar, smashed Chinese shopkeepers’ windows, and killed Chinese
immigrants. The neo-Nazi Mongols’ targets for violence are Chinese, Koreans, Mongol
women who have sex with Chinese men, and LGBT people. They wear Nazi uniforms and revere
the Mongol Empire and Genghis Khan. Though Tsagaan Khass leaders say they do not support
violence, they are self-proclaimed Nazis. “Adolf Hitler was someone we respect. He taught
us how to preserve national identity,” said the 41-year-old co-founder, who calls himself
Big Brother. “We don’t agree with his extremism and starting the Second World War. We are
against all those killings, but we support his ideology. We support nationalism rather
than fascism.” Some have ascribed it to poor historical education.====Taiwan====The National Socialism Association (NSA) is
a neo-Nazi political organisation founded in Taiwan in September 2006 by Hsu Na-chi
(Chinese: 許娜琦), at that time a 22-year-old female political science graduate of Soochow
University. The NSA has an explicit stated goal of obtaining the power to govern the
state. The Simon Wiesenthal Centre condemned the National Socialism Association on 13 March
2007 for championing the former Nazi dictator and blaming democracy for social unrest in
Taiwan.====Iran====Several neo-Nazi groups were active in Iran,
although they are now defunct. Advocates of Nazism continue to exist in Iran and are mainly
based on the Internet.===Americas=======Brazil====Several Brazilian neo-Nazi gangs appeared
in the 1990s in Southern and Southeastern Brazil, regions with mostly white people,
with their acts gaining more media coverage and public notoriety in the 2010s. Some members
of Brazilian neo-Nazi groups have been associated with football hooliganism. Their targets have
included African, South American and Asian immigrants; Jews, Muslims, Catholics and atheists;
Afro-Brazilians and internal migrants with origins in the northern regions of Brazil
(who are mostly brown-skinned or Afro-Brazilian); homeless people, prostitutes; recreational
drug users; feminists and—more frequently reported in the media—gay people, bisexuals,
and transgender and third-gender people. News of their attacks has played a role in debates
about anti-discrimination laws in Brazil (including to some extent hate speech laws) and the issues
of sexual orientation and gender identity.====Canada====
Neo-Nazism in Canada began with the formation of the Canadian Nazi Party in 1965. In the
1970s and 1980s, neo-Nazism continued to spread in the country as organizations including
the Western Guard Party and Church of the Creator (later renamed Creativity) promoted
white supremacist ideals. Founded in the United States in 1973, Creativity calls for white
people to wage racial holy war (Rahowa) against Jews and other perceived enemies.Don Andrews
founded the Nationalist Party of Canada in 1977. The purported goals of the unregistered
party are “the promotion and maintenance of European Heritage and Culture in Canada,”
but the party is known for anti-Semitism and racism. Many influential neo-Nazi Leaders,
such as Wolfgang Droege, were affiliated with the party, but many of its members left to
join the Heritage Front, which was founded in 1989.Droege founded the Heritage Front
in Toronto at a time when leaders of the white supremacist movement were “disgruntled about
the state of the radical right” and wanted to unite unorganized groups of white supremacists
into an influential and efficient group with common objectives. Plans for the organization
began in September 1989, and the formation of the Heritage Front was formally announced
a couple of months later in November. In the 1990s, George Burdi of Resistance Records
and the band Rahowa popularized the Creativity movement and the white power music scene.Controversy
and dissention has left many Canadian neo-Nazi organizations dissolved or weakened.====Chile====After the dissolution of the National Socialist
Movement of Chile (MNSCH) in 1938, notable former members of MNSCH migrated into Partido
Agrario Laborista (PAL), obtaining high positions. Not all former MNSCH members joined the PAL;
some continued to form parties that followed the MNSCH model until 1952. A new old-school
Nazi party was formed in 1964 by school teacher Franz Pfeiffer. Among the activities of this
group were the organization of a Miss Nazi beauty contest and the formation of a Chilean
branch of the Ku Klux Klan. The party disbanded in 1970. Pfeiffer attempted to restart it
in 1983 in the wake of a wave of protests against the Augusto Pinochet regime.Nicolás
Palacios considered the “Chilean race” to be a mix of two bellicose master races: the
Visigoths of Spain and the Mapuche (Araucanians) of Chile. Palacios traces the origins of the
Spanish component of the “Chilean race” to the coast of the Baltic Sea, specifically
to Götaland in Sweden, one of the supposed homelands of the Goths. Palacios claimed that
both the blonde-haired and the bronze-coloured Chilean Mestizo share a “moral physonomy”
and a masculine psychology. He opposed immigration from Southern Europe, and argued that Mestizos
who are derived from south Europeans lack “cerebral control” and are a social burden.====Costa Rica====
Several neo-Nazi groups exist in Costa Rica. The first to receive attention was the Costa
Rican National Socialist Party, which is now disbanded. Others include Costa Rican National
Socialist Youth, Costa Rican National Socialist Alliance, New Social Order, Costa Rican National
Socialist Resistance (which is Costa Rica’s member of the World Union of National Socialists)
and the Hiperborean Spear Society. The groups normally target Jewish-Costa Ricans, Afro-Costa
Ricans, Communists, gay people and especially Nicaraguan and Colombian immigrants. The media
has discovered the existence of an underground neo-Nazi group inside the police.After a series
of fake news spread by several far-right Facebook pages inciting hatred against Nicaraguan migrants,
an anti-migration manifestation was organized on 18 August 2018 known as the “Taken of La
Merced” after Nicaraguan refugees were falsely accused of having “taking” La Merced Park
in San Jose, a common gathering of the Nicaraguan community. Although some of the protesters
were peaceful, participation of openly neo-Nazi groups and violent hooligans with criminal
records caused riots and attacks on Nicaraguans or people suspected of being. The national
police Public Force intervened with up to 44 people arrested, 36 of such were Costa
Rican and the rest Nicaraguans. Several violent article including Molotov bombs were confiscated
and some of the protesters identify themselves with Swastikas and yelled “¡Fuera nicas!”
(Nicas out!).====United States====There are several neo-Nazi groups in the United
States. The National Socialist Movement (NSM), with about 400 members in 32 states, is currently
the largest neo-Nazi organization in the United States. After World War II, new organizations
formed with varying degrees of support for Nazi principles. The National States’ Rights
Party, founded in 1958 by Edward Reed Fields and J. B. Stoner countered racial integration
in the Southern United States with Nazi-inspired publications and iconography. The American
Nazi Party, founded by George Lincoln Rockwell in 1959, achieved high-profile coverage in
the press through its public demonstrations.The ideology of James H. Madole, leader of the
National Renaissance Party, was influenced by Blavatskian Theosophy. Helena Blavatsky
developed a racial theory of evolution, holding that the white race was the “fifth rootrace”
called the Aryan Race. According to Blavatsky, Aryans had been preceded by Atlanteans who
had perished in the flood that sunk the continent Atlantis. The three races that preceded the
Atlanteans, in Blavatsky’s view, were proto-humans; these were the Lemurians, Hyperboreans and
the first Astral rootrace. It was on upon this foundation that Madole based his claims
the Aryan Race has been worshiped as “White Gods” since time immemorial and proposed a
governance structure based on the Hindu Laws of Manu and its hierarchical caste system.The
First Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, which allows
political organizations great latitude in expressing Nazi, racist, and anti-Semitic
views. A First Amendment landmark case was National Socialist Party of America v. Village
of Skokie, in which neo-Nazis threatened to march in a predominantly Jewish suburb of
Chicago. The march never took place in Skokie, but the court ruling allowed the neo-Nazis
to stage a series of demonstrations in Chicago. In May, 2018, graduating students at Baraboo
High School, between Milwaukee and the Minnesota border, appeared to perform a Nazi salute
before their junior prom (Baraboo Nazi salute photo). The photograph went viral on social
media six months later in November, 2018. The school decided not to punish the students
due to their First Amendment rights. The Institute for Historical Review, formed
in 1978, is a Holocaust denial body associated with neo-Nazism.Organizations which report
upon American neo-Nazi activities include the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern
Poverty Law Center. American neo-Nazis are known to attack and harass minorities.===Africa===
Several groups in South Africa such as Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging and Blanke Bevrydingsbeweging,
have often been described as neo-Nazi.Eugène Terre’Blanche was a prominent South African
neo-Nazi leader who was murdered in 2010.===Oceania===
There were a number of now-defunct Australian neo-Nazi groups, such as the Australian National
Socialist Party (ANSP), which was formed in 1962 and merged into the National Socialist
Party of Australia (1968-1970s), originally a splinter group, in 1968, and Jack van Tongeren’s
Australian Nationalist Movement.Current active organisations include Antipodean Resistance,
local chapters of the Aryan Nations, and Blood and Honour, as well as prominent individuals
such as Blair Cottrell.In New Zealand, historical neo-Nazi organisations include Unit 88 and
the National Socialist Party of New Zealand. Current active organisations include the local
chapter of the Hammerskins, while White Nationalist organisations such as the New Zealand National
Front have faced accusations of neo-Nazism.==See also====References==
Informational notes Citations Bibliography==External links==
Neo-Nazism at Jewish Virtual Library

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