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Russell Veh

Russell Raymond Veh
Born1950 (age 68–69)
NationalityAmerican
Other namesRussell R. Patton
OccupationPolitical activist
Years active1970-1990s
Known forGay Nazism

Russell Veh (real name unknown) (born 1950) was the head of the San Diego based neo-Nazi organization World Service. Through World Service, Veh edited and distributed neo-Nazi and racist propaganda books, periodicals, and films around the world by mail from the early 1970s through the 1990s. By 1990, he was "one of the largest purveyors of white supremacist information in the country."[1] Veh also served as leader of the gay neo-Nazi National Socialist League from 1974 until its disappearance in the 1984.

Biography

Veh was a native of Toledo, Ohio and founded the Ohio Nationalist Party in 1970, renamed the American White Nationalist Party in 1971. The organization was short lived, however, and he moved to California in 1974.[2][3]

In California, Veh lead the National Socialist League (NSL), a gay neo-Nazi organization. He managed to get the party advertised in the historically gay Bay Area Reporter newspaper and the gay leather magazine Drummer. Veh and his party distributed membership applications declaring NSL's "determination to seek sexual, social, and political freedom" for Aryans.[4] The literature printed by Veh's organization often featured provocative images of scantily clad SS soldiers with swastikas covering their genitals to emphasize the "sexual trip" described by the recruiting pitch.[5][6]

The National Socialist League disappeared in 1984, likely due to the declining leather subculture in the heat of the AIDS epidemic[citation needed]. Veh continued to operate the World Service into the 1990s, converting the NSL periodical NS Mobilizer and its subscription list into a non-sexuality-based propaganda outlet, Race & Nation (renamed Jew Watch after 1990).[7]

See also

References

  1. ^ Himmelspach, Darlene. “Book, Video Salesman Has Hot Product -- Racism.” San Diego Union. April 23, 1990, sec. City News.
  2. ^ Newton, Michael (2007). The Ku Klux Klan: History, Organization, Language, Influence and Activities of America's Most Notorious Secret Society. pp. 164–165. ISBN 978-0-7864-2787-1.
  3. ^ Sewell, Rhonda B. “Former Toledoan Finds Niche Peddling Hate.” The Blade (Toledo). April 1, 1990.
  4. ^ Newton, Michael (2007). The Ku Klux Klan: History, Organization, Language, Influence and Activities of America's Most Notorious Secret Society. p. 182. ISBN 978-0-7864-2787-1.
  5. ^ Kaplan, Jeffrey (2000). Encyclopedia of White Power: A Sourcebook of the Radical Right. p. 316. ISBN 978-0-7425-0340-3.
  6. ^ Morgan, Kyle (2013). "Finding Aid to the National Socialist League Collection". Online Archive of California. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  7. ^ University of Michigan Library, Joseph A. Labadie Collection, Section 1, HS 2330.N21 N13