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September 01, 1967 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-09-01

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Rockwell's Death Recalls His Detroit 1963 Visit;
Launched Attacks on Jews, Negroes, Unitarians

The murder last Friday of
George Lincoln Rockwell, founder
and fuehrer of the American Nazi
Party, by one of his own fellow-
Nazis, in Arlington, Va., not far
from the Nazi headquarters, re-
calls the American Nazi leader's
visit here on June 17, 1963.
In his speech he gave in the
backyard of an associate, Russell
Roberts, on Grand River in Farm-
ington, Rockwell predicted he
would be in the White House in
1972 and he formulated his views
on Jews, communism, Negroes,
American leaders and religion.
In that speech he charged that
Jews were "race mixers." He
referred to Philip Slomovitz, edi-
tor of The Jewish News, as a
"Jewish instigator" and it was
apparent that Roberts and his
cohorts were avid readers of The
Jewish News and that they had
shared their sentiments with
Rockwell. A copy of that week's
Jewish News was displayed at
the entrance of the Roberts'
home during Rockwell's visit.
In his address here, which was
covered for The Jewish News by
two young Jewish News staff mem-
bers, Richard Aptekar and Rich-
ard Hendin, Rockwell said: "Nas-
ser will certainly receive a lot of
help from me; and the Jews had
better get water-wings." He was
referring to Nasser's threat to push
the Israeli Jews into the sea.
He linked Jews with Negro
leaders, communism, President
Kennedy, Martin Luther King,
American Civil Liberties Union
(which provided him with a Jew-
ish defense attorney when he was
- arrested in New York), the Uni-
tarians and others in his charges
of treason and in his threats that
he would exterminate his enemies.
The photos shown here were
taken at the Detroit Rockwell ral-
ly for The Jewish News by Robert
Golden and Barry Kaplan. The up-
per photos show Rockwell and his
henchmen at the Detroit rally. The
lower photo shows Rockwell at that
rally displaying a Hebrew school
primer: Pointing to an Aleph he
said it was the equivalent of the
hammer and sickle.
Rockwell died instantly of rifle
fire from a rooftop near a laundro-
mat where he had been washing
his clothes.
The secret cremation of Rock-
well's body took place Wednesday
when his followers were unable to

The Nazi leader was shot twice
find a Cemetery for a Nazi-style
through the window of his car des-
funeral.
pite
his strong-arm bodyguards and
Party leaders said his ashes
were under armed guard at their "stormtrooper" sharpshooters. His

headquarters across the Potomac
River from Washington.
The decision to cremate the body
came after the Army had denied
the Nazis permission to bury him
in the national cemetery at Cul-
pepper and after the party said
legal tie-ups had prevented his
burial at their farm in Spotsylva-
nia, Va. Six other cemeteries also
rejected Rockwell's body, they said.

Rockwell's successor, Matt
Koehl, said he was seeking aid
from the American Civil Liber-
ties Union to have Rockwell's
ashes buried at Culpepper.

A Nazi memorial service was
held by party members at their
headquarters.
Three American Nazis were
arrested at the funeral of the
murdered Nazi leader Tuesday
when they tried to enter the
cemetery at Culpepper, wear-
ing their Nazi armbands. Military
police barred entry of Nazis as
they tried to rush through with
the coffin. Among the three ar-
rested was a GI on active duty,
according to police.
The cemetery at Culpepper is
a national facility, containing
chiefly the remains of some sol-
diers who died in the civil war.
The cemetery is under the juris-
diction of the United States Army.
Monday night, the army ruled
that, since Reckwell had been
honorably discharged from the
Navy after service in World War
II, his body could be interred at
Culpepper, but it was ruled clearly
that no swastikas or other Nazi
embellishments would be permit-
ted.
Tuesday morning, a group of
Nazis from the Arlington, Va.,
headquarters maintained by the
party, arrived with a coffin con-
taining Rockwell's remains, wrap-
ped in the flag of Germany used
by Hitler. The superintendent or-
dered the Nazis to remove their
swastika armbands and forbade
them to enter until they did so.
Disregarding that order, the Nazis
tried to use the coffin as a wedge
for breaking into the burial
grounds, military policemen then
went into action, barred the way
and arrested three of the Nazis
plus the soldier who had joined
their ranks.

end came in a parking lot adja-
cent to a shopping center across
the street from the Nazi headquar-
ters.
Arlington authorities had per-
mitted Rockwell to make his head-
quarters there since 1959 when he
organized the American Nazi
Party. He used Arlington as a base
from which to stake demonstrations
and agitation forays into the Dis-
trict of Columbia, a few miles
away.
Rockwell advocated the gassing
and sterilization of Jews and the
deportation of Negroes to Africa.
In 1959 he converted his "World
Union of Free Enterprise National
Socialists" into an outright Nazi
Pary. Rockwell established chap-
ters in Chicago, Los Angeles, New
York and other cities. He attracted
a small but fanatical following in-
cluding a few members and vet-
erans of the Armed Forces.
Rockwell served many years in
the U. S. Navy and re'ched the
rank of lieutenant commander.
He was forced to retire in the late
1950's when passed over for pro-
motion.
Rockwell sought to international-
ize his movement and tried to es-
tablish contact with neo-Nazis in

West Germany, British anti-Sem-
ites, and fringe elements in other
nations.
John C. Patter, 29, a former

member of the American Nazi
Party, is being held on the charge
of having mur-
dered his former
fuehrer. The
murder weapon
was found by the
police shortly
after the murder.
The leader-

ship of the par-
ty was taken
over immedi-
ately by Koehl,
a 32 - year - old

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Talk With Kiesinger
Reported 'Encouraging'

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Jacob
Blaustein. senior vice president of
the Conference on Jewish Material
Claims Against Germany, had a
personal conference here with West
German Chancellor Kurt Georg
Kiesinger, in the course of which,
among other matters, there were
reviewed several important Claims
Conference compensation items.
Mr. Blaustein stated that the chan-
cellor's attitude was understand-
ing and very encouraging.

Statements issued by Rabbi
Arthur J. Lelyweld, president of

the American Jewish Congress,
and National Commander Samuel
Samuels of the Jewish War Vet-
erans deplored resort to violence
even against those who aimed to
destroy freedom.

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