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Neo-Nazi Twins Drop Racism for Love and Marijuana

By Ryan Lenz on July 18, 2011 - 3:44 pm, Posted in Racist Music

Lynx and Lamb Gaede were twin pop sensations for all the wrong reasons. Their songs dealt with overt white nationalist themes, and even their band – Prussian Blue – was a reference to the distinctive color of Zyclon B residue in the Nazi gas chambers. In one of the most infamous photos from their childhood, the twins posed wearing white T-shirts with a smiley face adorned with Hitler’s toothbrush mustache and neatly parted, jet-black hair.

That’s all over, the girls say now. In an exclusive interview with The Daily, Lynx and Lamb – once described as the “new face of hate” – say they’ve abandoned the racism hoisted on them by their mother April Gaede and instead settled into “a place of love and light.”

“I’m glad we were in the band,” Lynx said. “But I think we should have been pushed toward something a little more mainstream and easier for us to handle than being front-men for a belief system that we didn’t completely understand.” Lamb put their transformation more bluntly. “I’m not a white nationalist anymore.”

Given the backdrop of their upbringing, the comments reflect a radical sea change in ideology and, to a certain degree, a hopeful coming of age story that began in the company of the National Alliance (NA) – for decades the most dangerous and most organized neo-Nazi formation in America. In 2003, when Lynx and Lamb turned 9, their mother was a prominent member of the NA and began heavily promoting the twins as the young face of white nationalism.

Several years later, as they toured white power music festivals playing Aryan folk music, Gaede came clean with her reason for pushing Lynx and Lamb into the spotlight. “What young, red-blooded American boy isn’t going to find two blonde twins, 16-years-old, singing about white pride and pride in your race … very appealing?” Gaede asked.

That was only part of the disturbing path Gaede had for her children. Lynx and Lamb also were kept out of public school and spoon-fed a particularly myopic white nationalist curriculum – a fact Gaede would frequently brag about. “I’ve done it without an ‘approved’ curriculum,” Gaede said of their education in a 2005 interview published on the National Alliance website. “And what I’ve done is use a lot of books from the 1950s – from the years before ‘civil rights’ and feminism became so evident.”

For the girls, that was the problem. “I was just spouting a lot of knowledge that I had no idea what I was saying,” Lamb said in the interview published on Sunday. When The Daily contacted Gaede to discuss the girls’ comments, she dismissed it as the stuff of an ill-advised youth. “They’re 19,” she said. “When they have children of their own, they’ll come to the same conclusions I have.”

Despite a very public childhood, for the past five years Lynx and Lamb have been outside the limelight because of health problems. Lynx was diagnosed with cancer during her freshman year of high school, and doctors removed a large tumor from her shoulder, the newspaper reported. Now she suffers from a rare condition called cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS). Lamb suffers from scoliosis and chronic back pain. They each carry state-issued medical marijuana cards in Montana, where they live with their mother. “I have to say, marijuana saved my life,” Lynx said. “I would probably be dead if I didn’t have it.”

“Pot has also helped the twins rekindle the creative impulses they once channeled into their music,” The Daily reported, adding that the girls hope to enroll in college and dedicate their lives to making medical marijuana legal in all 50 states. The revelation has prompted the blogosphere to erupt with harsh dismissals of the girls’ transformation. One tongue-in-cheek headline read, “Tween White Power Folks Singer Twins Now ‘Liberal’ Potheads.” Another proclaimed, “Neo-Nazi Girl Group Cured of their Hate with Marijuana.”

Lynx and Lamb, in the meantime, don’t seem concerned with what they were, or how they might be viewed now. “I think we’re meant to do something more – we’re healers,” Lamb said. “We just want to exert the most love and positivity we can.”

  • matthew

    I think that Hitler ducked up on one thing and one thing only
    And that is …. The mass slaughter of Jews (the houlocaust )

  • Blaine

    Great article!

    It’s always good to see how people is scape these brainwashed-by-hate situations.

    I was looking onlinethat advised about how to speak with neo-Nazis, with the intent of helping them realize the truth – that is just plain wrong.

    Does anyone know of any articles or websites that talk about this?

  • Mimereader2

    The existing type of White community is crashing like the Hindenberg, check out the Pioneer Little Europe project in Kalispell, Montana; which is detailed out in the ‘Pioneer Little Europe Prospectus’ by H. Michael Barrett

  • dogemperor

    From one walkaway raised in a hate group who left to another (in my case, it was raised in a NAR church that was an AFA state headquarters)–congrats on the Gaede twins for walking away, and may they continue to do so.

    (And for those wondering why they’re still living with their folks and “how did they get away in the first place”–generally if you are raised in a coercive group (like, oh, most hate groups) it usually takes some bit of major cognitive dissonance–basically a bit of reality you can’t explain or pray or rant away that leads you on a string of questioning things. In my case, it was discovering the group I was in was flat out lying about a lot of things…in some cases, things they would have actually AGREED with if they weren’t so focused on demonising the messenger.)

    (As for why they’re still with their mom–I expect a lot of it is that any money they made in their “white supremacist pop star” career is being held by their mother, and the girls are functionally penniless (especially with the health issues requiring medical marijuana that would probably put them as eligible for SSI). Kids raised in coercive groups often have their resources deliberately restricted in attempts to keep them from leaving–I also had resources restricted, and have health problems to this day that are a result of what I was raised in (bum eye that could have been corrected by surgery but wasn’t–now makes it a challenge (to put it delicately) to get a driver’s license which is almost essential for employment where I live). I’d not even be a bit shocked to find that the mother is using the funds as a threat against the girls…

    Every walkaway who gets out of something like that is a miracle in and of itself, and proof to other walkaways in the same situation that it is possible…good luck to them and may they continue on their path.

  • MST

    Wouldn’t it be funny if one of them married a black, Mexican, or Jewish guy. Stranger things have happened . . .

  • linotypist

    Now who’s going to sing the national anthem at the Republican convention and the next Glenn Beck rally?

  • Linnea

    Good for them for renouncing all that racist BS, and best of luck to them as they start finding their own way.

  • Lex

    Well those kids were raised by racist parents so i dont really blame them for being racist in there youth during there parents brain washing

  • Doc 1958

    Racism is a learned behavior it is not a coincidence about the rise of racism coinciding with the Bush Administration.’terrible record on fighting discrimination…things that make you go hmmmmmm!!!

  • Scott

    Great news. The ” WN ” movement is so desperate for member’s of their dying belief system. I am sure this has come with great shock to them. On a bright note, If the ” White revolution ” ever happens ( yawn ) we will have these great people to lead us. People who have no degrees or professional careers and let’s not forget the wee man Jeffery. The infamous leader of the NSM who is himself a criminal, walked out on 8 kids, married to a woman who was married to a black man and has a bi-racial child. Oh and let’s not forget all the child molesters within the movement. Does anybody know about the fat ginger nerd that runs the ” English NSM “? What a joke they all are. I must be a race traitor or a jew for saying these things lol.

  • senzuri

    Anyone who’s seen the 2007 documentary “Nazi Pop Twins” will not be particularly surprised that Lamb and Lynx have openly renounced white nationalism. If you watch that documentary, it seems pretty clear that they were only white nationalists because they were forced into it by their mom and they never really had their hearts in any of that crap to begin with.

  • Bron

    And yet they’re still living with their mother? It would be interesting to delve into the *how* they rejected their mother’s racist ideology. What woke them up to the blindness of hate, so to speak?

  • Matthew Bright

    That’s an awful lot of health problems for a couple of kids that young. I can’t help but imagine what that unspeakable household they grew up in might have contributed to their state.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    I wonder what the scum at forums like VNN are saying. The vitriol and hate they are undoubtedly pouring onto these young women, who previously were the objects of far too much attention from WN males, should be instructive to them.

    The WN movement will turn on those who leave at the drop of a hat, and no lie is too vile for them. They NEED to convince themselves that those who dare turn their back on their revealed “knowledge” are somehow defective(odd, considering the lives most WNs lead), and of course, never really believed.

  • skinnyminny

    LOL! This is the funniest thing. Too funny, actually. LOL!

  • Shadow Wolf

    Kudos to L & L.
    It’s good to hear that these girls are reformed to a point where they have somewhat denounced their former unpopular idealogy.
    Good for them. I give these girls a thumbs up. Nevermind the scathing vitriolic criticisms from our racist enemies on the right, and pay no heed to the ultra “Liberals” of the left.

    I wish Lynx and Lamb good luck on their path.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Congratulations to the twins for throwing off the fetters of White Nationalism. What I found most disgusting is the way Gaede allowed her daughters to be portrayed as objects of sexual fantasy by movement leaders, such as David Lane(Gaede was present with the girls when Lane, on speaker phone, made it clear that he had sexual fantasies about them) and Kevin Alfred Strom.

    The Gaede twins are lucky that they can now lead a normal life, and didn’t lose too much to the movement. I hope one day they can help their little sister get her name legally changed to something other than “Dresden”.

  • Mitch Beales

    It’s just as well. The posts below make it clear that, at 19, they were getting too old for the white power crowd anyway.