Neo-Nazi Groups Use Traditional Folk Music Festivals to Recruit Radicals
Held in Sacramento last Feb. 8, the city's Second Annual Euro-Fest was put together by the Alliance's local unit leader, Drahomir Stojkovic.
"Holding the event under the auspices of the 'Inter Cultural Group,'" an Alliance newsletter reported later, "the Unit reached out to men and women who were, to some degree at least, conscious of their European ancestry ... We were in for a wonderful evening filled with education, entertainment, European delicacies, and a variety of vendors."
After paying $35 in advance ($45 on the day of the event), visitors began arriving late in the afternoon, waiting outside as strains of Celtic music from Molly's Revenge drifted out into the parking lot. Once inside, they found the hall lined with tables carrying an array of neo-Nazi merchandise (see also Hate for Sale).
First up at the dais was Peter Morell, a remarkably dull guest speaker who held forth on the highlights of Anglo-Saxon civilization — Rembrandt's paintings, great aquaducts, the Wright brothers, computers, George Washington, and Henry Ford (the automaker, an inveterate anti-Semite, drew the loudest applause).
"We are the thinkers and doers of the world," Morell said.
Next was Jim Silva, who offered a scattered presentation on the Norse Sagas, another point of pride for many white supremacists. Following him, and billed as the highlight of the evening, was a former Croatian diplomat whose topic was "Europe Under Attack: From the Early Islamic Onslaught to Communist Disaster." Tomislav Sunic began by telling the audience about his childhood in Croatia, his visit to Amsterdam as a young man, smoking pot and listening to the Grateful Dead. After that, he said, he went on to get his Ph.D. in political science in America.
Sunic's central theme was that Europe has been repeatedly invaded by "alien" peoples and that whites have become a minority in Western Europe. He railed on about non-white immigrants, ending with the Turkish workers who have moved to Germany. "The Turks," he said, "are enslaving white people in Germany."
"Wow," Alliance leader Stojkovic said as Sunic ended. "I am really moved."
Peter Haworth and the other members of Molly's Revenge, meanwhile, had sneaked out to get a bite to eat. "While we were away, they had some 'European philosopher' who was speaking," Haworth told the Intelligence Report. "Thank God we weren't there, because we heard his last few minutes, and it was frightening."
After participants broke for dinner, the evening continued along the same lines. A movement-affiliated folk singer, Eric Owens, sang folk music, but several in the audience held their hands over their ears for the performance. At one point, kids tripped a fire alarm, but Owens appeared oblivious, playing on without a care.
There was a raffle of donated items — grand prize, a medieval sword won by an Alliance member — and a Q&A with Sunic. The white supremacist "Sigrdrifa Dancers" performed. Alliance member April Gaede had her two blonde-haired twins, Lynx and Lamb, perform several folk songs including the very popular "Road to Valhalla."
"The sense of kinship and camaraderie was alive and vibrant," Alliance member Ryan Hagen wrote in the Alliance's internal newsletter later. "I don't think there was a person in that hall that did not feel the bond of common blood."
Peter Haworth saw it a little differently. "Luckily, we were told we wouldn't be able to play the second set of tunes because they were out of time. I said, 'All right,' and he paid me our money in cash. And we got the hell out of there!"