The Nation: Neo-Nazi Groups: Artifacts of Hate

Though they continue to attract murderous misfits like Fred Cowan, the nation's neo-Nazi organizations have fallen on hard times. The anti-Communist cold war tensions of the '50s and the civil rights clashes of the '60s nourished their sick ideas, but the hate groups have languished since then.

To be sure, there is a profitable U.S. trade in Nazi artifacts—Afrika Korps caps, helmets, Adolf Hitler posters, swastika-emblazoned daggers and flags. Old military uniforms and insignia—including Nazi versions—have been snapped up by various nostalgia collectors who may have no particular ideological axes to grind. Motorcycle...

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