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Birch Society Announces Association with Rockwell’s Financial Backer

December 14, 1962
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A Joe McCarthy Bookstore, named for the late Wisconsin Senator, will open for business here Monday under sponsorship of the right-wing John Birch Society and operated by Speros Lagoulis, close friend and financial supporter of George Rockwell, head of the American Nazi party, the Boston Herald reported yesterday.

Philip K. Langan, New England coordinator for the Birch society, was quoted on the plans for the first operating association of the extreme rightist group and the neo-Nazi party. Langan said that a brochure on the store, which will feature a stock of “American” books, periodicals and pamphlets, was being prepared and would be sent to Birch Society members soon.

The store will operate seven days a week, Langan said. Birch members have been urged to offer their services as part-time clerks and several persons who are not Birch members have already volunteered, he added, according to the Herald.

Lagoulis was fined $25 in Boston Municipal Court in 1961 for using the name “Nathan Ginsburg” to register hotel rooms for Rockwell and an aide when they came to Boston in January 1961 to picket the movie “Exodus.” On one occasion, Rockwell was arrested in Topfield while using a car registered in the name of Lagoulis’ wife.

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