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House Un-american Activities Unit Will Not Probe American Nazis

February 10, 1967
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The House Un-American Activities Committee will not hold investigation of the American Nazi Party because Nazism is of so little significance as a threat to American security, a Committee report said today. The report said George Lincoln Rockwell, the American Nazi “fuehrer,” wanted to have hearings held in order to be able to exploit them for publicity purposes. Chairman Edwin Willis, Louisiana Democrat said in the report that hearings on the American Nazis would only be “to dignify Rockwell far more than his importance.”

Today’s report was the outcome of a preliminary investigation of neo-Nazi activities that began in 1965, following requests from many groups concerned over Rockwell’s racist activities. Chairman Willis minimized the importance of the Nazi movement in the United States. He said the so-called American Nazi Party at present had less than 50 members, and that it was doubtful that its membership had ever exceeded 100.

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