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February 13, 2014

Two Groups Attempt to Resurrect Neo-Nazi National Alliance

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Former members of the National Alliance (NA) are trying to resurrect the organization by claiming they are its rightful heirs.  The demise of the NA, once the largest neo-Nazi group in the U.S., has spurred two different factions to revive the memory and “brand” of Alliance founder William Pierce.  Both groups hope they can convince other white supremacists to join them in forming a revamped version of the NA.

One-time NA member Jim Ring emerged as the leader of one faction, the National Alliance Reform & Restoration Group (NARRG), which he founded in February 2014.  Ring left the NA in October 2012, after running its Sacramento, California unit for 22 years. He announced this month that NARRG is pursuing a civil lawsuit against NA board members and Erich Gliebe, who has headed the NA since Pierce’s death.  A statement on the NARRG website claims that the group is suing Gliebe and the others for financial damage done to the organization as well as “a myriad of instances of malfeasance, misfeasance, illegalities and irregularities.”  Ring wants the NARRG to focus on creating Pierce’s vision of a “white living space,” an area in the U.S that would be purged of all nonwhites.

Also trying to revive the NA is Kevin Strom, a former leader of the group. Gliebe kicked Strom out of the NA in 2005.  Strom then formed the National Vanguard, which lasted until authorities convicted him on child pornography charges in 2007. Strom and Will Williams, who once headed the NA’s North Carolina unit, claim to be building a new NA headquarters in the Appalachian Mountains. Strom has also re-launched American Dissident Voices (ADV), a shortwave radio show he and Pierce used to broadcast under the auspices of the NA, starting in the early 1990s. Strom’s most recent Internet radio ADV broadcast on February 8 was largely an updated rendition of Pierce’s anti-Semitic work, “Who Rules America?” which alleges that Jews control the media, government and financial industry in the U.S.

Both NARRG and Strom seem to be hoping for a nostalgic revival of an organization they belonged to in its prime. These groups no doubt would like to erase the last decade that led to the NA’s downfall. Since the death of Pierce in 2002, the organized neo-Nazi movement in the United States has been on the decline and shows no signs of rejuvenation.

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August 23, 2013

100 Years Later, Anti-Semitism Around Leo Frank Case Abounds

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Anti-Semites are using misleading websites to exploit the 100th anniversary of the Leo Frank case and to promote anti-Jewish views.

On August 25, 1913, Leo Frank was falsely convicted of murdering Mary Phagan, whose body was found in the factory he managed in Atlanta. A mob later lynched Frank after the governor of Georgia commuted his death sentence to life imprisonment. The Frank case was a seminal moment in American Jewish history when the Jewish community united to fight against the anti-Semitism that was rampant at that time. 

A number of websites, ostensibly providing information about Leo Frank actually use deceptive means to tell their version of the circumstances surrounding the Frank case. These sites provide documents and testimony from that time, but their aim is to create confusion and perversely to accuse Jews of reverse racism. They claim that Jews used the Frank case to undermine whites, especially in the South.

One site is particularly misleading. Calling itself “The 1913 Leo Frank Case and Trial Research Library,” the site contains numerous documents from the Frank case. However, the “About” section of the site reveals the real impetus for its creation. The site, which is registered anonymously, asserts that the Frank case was one of the events of 1913 that started “the Birth of the Jewish Race War Against European-Americans.”  According to the author of the section, the Frank case led to the creation of a “Jewish lobby” and “became a political and social front for subverting the majority population of Gentiles by a tiny dissenting minority of Jews.” The author also accuses Jews of controlling the government.

Another deceptive Leo Frank website is registered to neo-Nazi Kevin Strom. Strom was a leader in the National Alliance and then the National Vanguard, two neo-Nazi organizations, until he was convicted on child pornography charges several years ago. This site cites anti-Semitic works as resources on the Frank case. Strom also promotes the articles of “Mark Cohen” on National Vanguard, a neo-Nazi site he runs. According to a July 2012 article on National Vanguard, “Mark Cohen” is “the nom de guerreof a person who writes extensively about the Leo Frank case.  Articles attributed to Cohen, which assert that Frank is guilty of the Phagan murder, appear on numerous extremist sites.

There are other websites on Frank that are also misleading. “The American Mercury,” an extreme right-wing site with anti-Semitic content, is running a series of articles that promote conspiracy theories about the Frank case. There is also a “Leo Frank” Facebook page that pretends to be a personal profile page of Frank. This page disingenuously lists a number of Jewish causes but promotes derogatory articles on Frank that appear on anti-Semitic websites.

The goal of these fraudulent websites is clear. They are using deceptive means to attack Leo Frank and the Jewish community’s efforts to fight back against anti-Semitism.

In the News – The Forward (8/20/13) “Neo-Nazis Use Leo Frank Case for Anti-Semitic Propaganda Push”

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