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February 13, 2014 1

Two Groups Attempt to Resurrect Neo-Nazi National Alliance

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Kevin Strom

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 0

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

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Leo Frank

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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