The Nizkor Project: Remembering the Holocaust (Shoah)

A Response to David Irving

by Annie Alpert
(Part 2 of 3)


APPENDIX 1

Article "Neo-Nazi Group Calls Off Meeting in Elmwood Park" by Peggy O'Crowley, staff writer Bergen Record, appeared in the Record on 09/18/96. Reprinted by the kind permission of Ms. O'Crowley:

The National Alliance, a right-wing organization that advocates the establishment of a, whites-only society, will not meet Friday in an Elmwood Park hall as previously scheduled, the hall's owners said.

The owners, the Elmwood Park chapter of the Junior order of United American Mechanics, said the National-Alliance had canceled its meeting after an article Saturday in The Record described how several right-wing groups and controversial speakers had been meeting there.

William Dunkerly, spokesman for the order, said the National Alliance was moving, to an undisclosed site. The scheduled speaker for Friday's meeting was David Irving, a World War II history writer whose books-maintain that Adolph Hitler was not responsible for the Holocaust and that gas chambers never were used to exterminate Jews at concentration camps.

The National-Alliance is "the largest neo-Nazi group in America," according to Richard Baudouin of Klanwatch in Montgomery Ala. a group that monitors activity of the extreme right.

The National Alliance's leader, William L. Pierce, was a former head of the American Nazi Party and the author of "The Turner Diaries," a novel about a right-wing uprising against the government. The book was a favorite of Timothy McVeigh, one of the men accused of blowing up a federal office building in Oklahoma City last year.

The West Virginia-based National Alliance has a web site that describes in detail the group's views that blacks, Jews, and Hispanics should be segregated from whites, who should form an "Aryan" society.

Browsers are invited to apply for membership, and members are encouraged to recruit others in "-cells" and other small groups.

Efforts to reach members of the Alliance by telephone were unsuccessful.

Dunkerly said the order had no idea about the organization's beliefs. He said the order still would rent its hall to the alliance because it is entitled to the constitutional rights of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.

"If they do something illegally following their beliefs, that would be a concern. But taking action against them because we don't agree with them, we consider that un-American," Dunkerly said. "As far as I can see, they are harmless."

A local activist in liberal causes, Andrea Pason of Hackensack, said she was going to organize a protest Friday if members of the alliance appeared at the hall

Pason protested when a long-time leader of the white separatist movement, E.R. Fields of the America First Party, appeared at the hall in May. The order barred Fields from speaking, because members had not been told that he would be speaking at a regular meeting of the Constitutionists, a, right-wing group that meets there regularly.

Pason said she was upset by the material she viewed on the National Alliance website. "They think there's an entire Jewish conspiracy going on," said Pason, who is Jewish.

Dunkerly said his group would not tolerate protesters on the order's property. "They can protest, but not on our property. I will got the police and have them arrested if they are trespassing, "he said.

Dunkerly also objected to a description of the order in The Record's article. He specifically referred to a quote from a 1980 reference book, "The Grand Encyclopedia of American Institutions, Fraternal Organizations." The book said the order's main emphasis in the late 19th century was "protecting the United States from undesirable foreigners such as Irish, Germans, and Roman Catholics."

Dunkerly said the order was never opposed to immigration of specific groups.

"We have always maintained that immigration should be controlled to prevent foreign countries from dumping their criminal or mental patients here, or flooding our labor markets with cheap labor," Dunkerly said.


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