As the Oregon-based neo-Nazi skinhead group Volksfront approaches its 20th anniversary, revelations of its activities in the United Kingdom and other countries appear to have brought its international operations to a screeching halt. The apparent collapse of Volksfront’s global network follows the official dissolution of its 17 U.S.-based chapters last year, meaning the Volksfront era may now finally be over. Learn more about Volksfront's leadership here.
Though Volksfront may have met its end, its leadership will probably live on in some form in the white supremacist world. Here are profiles of 12 key Volksfront members in the United States and abroad.
Richard Belzer is known to millions of Americans as television's John Munch, an acerbic detective in almost a dozen different shows over 20 years. But the popular actor is also an increasingly florid conspiracy theorist and author who recently has come to describe the United States as a "fascist" country ruled by "sociopaths."
When Craig Cobb showed up in the near-ghost town of Leith, N.D. a few years ago, he told his new neighbors that he was looking for a quiet place to live. But he was lying. Instead, Cobb was quietly buying up lot after lot as part of a plan to create a "Pioneer Little Europe" – an all-white community he hoped to rename Cobbsville.
The National Alliance, which once dominated the U.S. neo-Nazi scene, has fallen on increasingly hard times in the last decade. Now, with the announcement that it is no longer a membership organization, it could be sounding its death rattle. The move may also have been an attempt to short-circuit litigation over a Canadian bequest.
Volksfront, once a powerhouse neo-Nazi skinhead group, appears to have collapsed. So have most of the other once-important groups on the radical right. Still, hate groups continue to present a serious threat and their numbers remain at record levels.