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Nazi march passes the U.S. Justice Department: 1971

About a dozen members of the National Socialist White Peoples Party, protesting President Richard Nixon’s diplomatic initiatives involving the People’s Republic of China, parade pas the U.S. Justice Department October 23, 1971


The signs carried by the Nazis read “Nixon’s Jew Betrayed the U.S. on China,” apparently referring to national security advisor Henry Kissinger openings to the People’s Republic that resulted in diplomatic recognition in 1972.


The group was also protesting the deportation of two Canadian nationals earlier in the month who were members of the Arlington, Va.-based group.


The Nazis timed their march to coincide with Rev. Carl McIntire's March for Victory in Vietnam demonstration. At the end of their march, they stood on Pennsylvania Ave. raising their signs as the pro-Vietnam War parade passed by.


Longtime American Nazi Party leader George Lincoln Rockwell began re-structuring the party to de-emphasize the swastika, and its accompanying “Heil Hitler” chants and salutes in favor of softer white supremacist appeals to white Protestants.


Rockwell was assassinated by a dissatisfied party member in 1967 before he finished carrying out the “reforms” that believed would recruit more members and gain more influence, but his successor Matt Koehl continued in this direction, renaming the party the National Socialist White Peoples Party.


The group experienced a number of splits in the 1970s, but the Koehl group survived and renamed itself the New Order in 1983 after the IRS moved to seize the party headquarters in Arlington and other property.


The group continues to exist as of 2020 in the Wisconsin and Michigan area of the country, but is a shadow of its former self.


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Photo by John Bowden. The image is courtesy of the D.C. Public Library Washington Star Collection © Washington Post.


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