Matthias Koehl

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Matthias Koehl
2nd Commander
of the American Nazi Party
In office
August 25, 1967 – October 9, 2014
Preceded by George Lincoln Rockwell
Succeeded by Rocky Suhayda
2nd and 4th leader
of the World Union of National Socialists
In office
April 9, 2009 – October 9, 2014
Preceded by Colin Jordan
In office
August 25, 1967 – 1968
Preceded by George Lincoln Rockwell
Succeeded by Colin Jordan
Personal details
Born Matthias Koehl Jr.
(1935-01-22)January 22, 1935
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Died October 9, 2014(2014-10-09) (aged 79)
Wisconsin, United States
Political party National Renaissance Party
United White Party
National States' Rights Party
American Nazi Party
Residence Wisconsin, United States
Alma mater University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Occupation United States Marine
Politician
Writer

Matthias Koehl Jr. (January 22, 1935 – October 9/10, 2014) was an American Marine, a neo-Nazi politician and writer. He succeeded George Lincoln Rockwell as the longest serving leader of the American Nazi Party from 1967 to 2014.

Like the Chilean diplomat Miguel Serrano, Koehl was influenced by the occultism of the Greek-French writer Savitri Devi. He was also a close friend of the Dutch World War II Nazi collaborator Florentine Rost van Tonningen.

Early life

Born on January 22, 1935, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Hungarian immigrants of German descent, Koehl studied journalism at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee[1] and served in the United States Marine Corps.

Politics

Koehl joined James Madole's National Renaissance Party, the United White Party, and the National States' Rights Party, before joining the American Nazi Party in 1960.[citation needed]

In August 1967, formerly a Deputy Commander,[2] Koehl succeeded the assassinated George Lincoln Rockwell as Commander of the National Socialist White People's Party, known until December 1966 as the American Nazi Party.[3] In 1983, Koehl renamed the organization "New Order". At the end of his life, Koehl was[when?] the leader of the World Union of National Socialists, despite his affiliation with Esoteric Nazism, having alienated some members. Although he maintained a low public profile, Koehl granted an interview to mainstream writer William H. Schmaltz in Arlington, Virginia, in April 1996 during the preparation of Schmaltz' biography of George Lincoln Rockwell.[citation needed]

Death

Koehl died in the night between October 9 and 10, 2014, at the age of 79.[4]

Works

  • Some Guidelines To The Development Of The National Socialist Movement (1969)
  • The Future Calls (1972)
  • The Program of the National Socialist White People's Party (Cicero, IL: NS Publications, 1980)
  • Faith of the Future (1995)

References

  1. ^ Milwaukee Journal, September 4, 1967.
  2. ^ "Nazi Chapter to Celebrate Hitler Birthday (AP)". The Free-Lance Star via Google news. April 14, 1967. Retrieved August 3, 2011.
  3. ^ "Nazi Party Changes Name (AP)". The Free-Lance Star via Google news. December 19, 1966. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
  4. ^ "Longtime Neo-Nazi Matthias "Matt" Koehl Dies". Southern Poverty Law Center.

Sources

External links

  • New Order webpage
  • Who is Hitler? transcript of remarks by Matt Koehl
  • Populism And Socialism In American Nazism, chapter five of American Nazism In The Context Of The American Extreme Right: 1960–1978 by Jim Saleam
  • Pierce, Koehl and the National Socialist White People's Party Internal Split of 1970 by H. Michael Barrett
  • THE KU KLUX KLAN AND THE AMERICAN NAZI PARTY: CASE STUDIES IN TOTALITARIANISM AND FASCISM by Betty A. Dobratz and Stephanie Shanks-Meile
  • Neo-Nazis: Longtime Hitlerian Activists on the Anti-Defamation League's website.
  • FBI files obtained under the FOIA, hosted by the Internet Archive:
    • Chicago FBI office file part 1
    • Chicago FBI office file part 2
    • Chicago FBI office file part 3
    • Chicago FBI office file part 4
    • Chicago FBI office file part 5
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