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Neo-Nazi

Neo-Nazi groups share a hatred for Jews and a love for Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. While they also hate other minorities, gays and lesbians and even sometimes Christians, they perceive "the Jew" as their cardinal enemy.

Top Takeaways

Nearly 18 months after Charlottesville, mass movement, membership-based neo-Nazism is on the decline. In 2018, neo-Nazis were driven to further corners of the internet by activists and journalists via doxing and deplatforming. The movement is also divided over which organizational structure, mass-movement or cell-based, best facilitates their goals. Groups like Atomwaffen Division (AWD) have embraced the primarily underground cell structure favored by groups more openly terroristic. Mass movement groups like the National Socialist Movement continue to present themselves to the public via rallies and quasi-political platforms.

Key Moments

In January, Samuel Woodward, who had connections to AWD, was arrested and charged in Orange County, California, with murdering Blaze Bernstein. ProPublica reported that AWD members praised Woodward for the murder on their Discord chat. One user called Woodward a “one man gay Jew wrecking crew.” In May, reports surfaced that Vasillios Pistolis, who participated in the Charlottesville violence and was also associated with AWD, was an active duty Marine. Traditionalist Worker Party, once an active and influential neo-Nazi hate group, disbanded after a bizarre love triangle among top leadership was revealed. The League of the South dropped out of the Nationalist Front in August, leaving that coalition dead in the water. In October, Robert Bowers, who was inspired by ideology popular among neo-Nazis, killed 11 at a Pittsburg synagogue. Also in November, a pair of Washington, D.C.-area brothers with ties to Vanguard America, Richard Spencer and others made headlines after one brother killed himself and the other was arrested following a tirade about Bowers’ victims.

What’s Ahead

Neo-Nazi hate groups and their members will continue to seek out more private, even anonymous interaction across multiple platforms and networks. As racists continue to feel the squeeze online and in real life, violence at public rallies may remain low. But that will not deter lone wolf violence, with incubators like Gab and Discord relatively wide open to white supremacists.

Background

While some neo-Nazi groups emphasize simple hatred, others are more focused on the revolutionary creation of a fascist political state. Nazism, of course, has roots in Europe, and links between American and European neo-Nazis are strong and growing stronger. American neo-Nazi groups, protected by the First Amendment, often publish material and host Internet sites that are aimed at European audiences -- materials that would be illegal under European anti-racism laws. Similarly, many European groups put up their Internet sites on American servers to avoid prosecution under the laws of their native countries.

The most visible neo-Nazi group in the U.S. is the National Alliance. Until his death, it was led by William Pierce, the infamous author of the futuristic race-war novel The Turner Diaries, a book believed by some to have served as the blueprint for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

2018 neo-Nazi hate groups

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*Asterisk denotes headquarters​

America First Committee (Lyons, Illinois)
American Nazi Party (Statewide, California)
American Nazi Party (Westland, Michigan)
Aryan Nations Sadistic Souls MC (Grovespring, Missouri)
Aryan Nations Sadistic Souls MC (Statewide, Oklahoma)
Aryan Nations Sadistic Souls MC (Statewide, Wisconsin)
Aryan Nations Sadistic Souls MC (Wood River, Illinois)
Atomwaffen Division (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Atomwaffen Division (Statewide, Alabama)
Atomwaffen Division (Statewide, Arizona)
Atomwaffen Division (Statewide, Arkansas)
Atomwaffen Division (Statewide, California)
Atomwaffen Division (Statewide, Colorado)
Atomwaffen Division (Statewide, Florida)
Atomwaffen Division (Statewide, Georgia)
Atomwaffen Division (Statewide, Illinois)
Atomwaffen Division (Statewide, Kentucky)
Atomwaffen Division (Statewide, Maine)
Atomwaffen Division (Statewide, Maryland)
Atomwaffen Division (Statewide, Massachusetts)
Atomwaffen Division (Statewide, Michigan)
Atomwaffen Division (Statewide, Minnesota)
Atomwaffen Division (Statewide, Mississippi)
Atomwaffen Division (Statewide, Missouri)
Atomwaffen Division (Statewide, New Jersey)
Atomwaffen Division (Statewide, New York)
Atomwaffen Division (Statewide, North Carolina)
Atomwaffen Division (Statewide, Ohio)
Atomwaffen Division (Statewide, Oklahoma)
Atomwaffen Division (Statewide, South Carolina)
Atomwaffen Division (Statewide, Texas)
Atomwaffen Division (Statewide, Virginia)
Atomwaffen Division (Statewide, Washington)
Atomwaffen Division (Statewide, Wisconsin)
Endangered Souls RC/Crew 519 (Statewide, Florida)
Endangered Souls RC/Crew 519 (Statewide, Idaho)
National Alliance (Hillsboro, West Virginia)
National Alliance (Laurel Bloomery, Tennessee)
National Alliance (Statewide, Iowa)
National Socialist German Workers Party (Lincoln, Nebraska)
National Socialist Legion (Statewide, Tennessee)
National Socialist Legion (Statewide, Texas)
National Socialist Liberation Front (Statewide, Alabama)
National Socialist Liberation Front (Statewide, New York)
National Socialist Liberation Front (Statewide, Pennsylvania)
National Socialist Movement (Detroit, Michigan)
National Socialist Movement (Maricopa, Arizona)
National Socialist Movement (Statewide, Florida)
National Socialist Movement (Statewide, Illinois)
National Socialist Movement (Statewide, Pennsylvania)
National Socialist Movement (Statewide, Tennessee)
Nationalist Initiative (South Vienna, Ohio)
Nationalist Women's Front (Statewide, California)
New Order (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Noble Breed Kindred (Statewide, California)
NS Publications (Wyandotte, Michigan)
PzG Inc. (Rapid City, South Dakota)
Radio Wehrwolf (Fitchburg, Wisconsin)
The Creativity Alliance (Gladewater, Texas)
The Creativity Alliance (Statewide, Florida)
The Creativity Alliance (Statewide, Illinois)
The Creativity Alliance (Statewide, Pennsylvania)
The Creativity Movement (Brookings, South Dakota)
The Creativity Movement (Statewide, Illinois)
The Creativity Movement (Statewide, Michigan)
The Creativity Movement (Statewide, Ohio)
The Daily Stormer (Statewide, Alaska)
The Daily Stormer (Statewide, California)
The Daily Stormer (Statewide, Connecticut)
The Daily Stormer (Statewide, Indiana)
The Daily Stormer (Statewide, Louisiana)
The Daily Stormer (Statewide, Maine)
The Daily Stormer (Statewide, Michigan)
The Daily Stormer (Statewide, Minnesota)
The Daily Stormer (Statewide, Nebraska)
The Daily Stormer (Statewide, Nevada)
The Daily Stormer (Statewide, New Hampshire)
The Daily Stormer (Statewide, New Jersey)
The Daily Stormer (Statewide, North Carolina)
The Daily Stormer (Statewide, Oregon)
The Daily Stormer (Statewide, Pennsylvania)
The Daily Stormer (Statewide, South Carolina)
The Daily Stormer (Statewide, Tennessee)
The Daily Stormer (Statewide, Texas)
The Daily Stormer (Statewide, Utah)
The Daily Stormer (Statewide, Virginia)
The Daily Stormer (Statewide, Washington)
The Daily Stormer (Worthington, Ohio)
Third Reich Books (Fairbury, Nebraska)
Traditionalist Worker Party (Statewide, Alabama)
Traditionalist Worker Party (Statewide, Colorado)
Traditionalist Worker Party (Statewide, Florida)
Traditionalist Worker Party (Statewide, Georgia)
Traditionalist Worker Party (Statewide, Indiana)
Traditionalist Worker Party (Statewide, Kentucky)
Traditionalist Worker Party (Statewide, Michigan)
Traditionalist Worker Party (Statewide, North Carolina)
Traditionalist Worker Party (Statewide, Ohio)
Traditionalist Worker Party (Statewide, Tennessee)
Traditionalist Worker Party (Statewide, Texas)
Traditionalist Worker Party (Statewide, Virginia)
Vanguard America (Statewide, Indiana)
Vanguard America (Statewide, Pennsylvania)
Vanguard America (Statewide, Rhode Island)
Vanguard America (Statewide, Tennessee)
Vanguard America (Statewide, Texas)
Vanguard America Women's Division (Statewide, Indiana)
Vanguard News Network (Kirksville, Missouri)
White Aryan Resistance (San Jacinto, California)