Alex Constantine - August 23, 2010
An apologist for Nazism:
How Nick Griffin and the BNP backed Hitler’s Nazis
The British National Party and its leader Nick Griffin try to portray themselves as patriots, nationalists and the defenders of our country. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Time and again Griffin and other key BNP leaders have defended, promoted and excused Hitler’s Nazis.
Why? Because they share many of the same views.
The BNP leaders might wear snappy suits and tone down their public message but their real politics are the same as they have always been. The BNP is racist and nazi and must be exposed as such.
Here are 10 examples of how BNP leaders are apologists for Hitler:
1 In November 1986 Griffin headed an NF march to the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday, desecrating the memory of those who fought and died in the struggle against Nazism by marching ahead of a banner which bore the legend “No More Brothers Wars” a key rallying cry for post-war fascists who claim Britain was dragged into a “Jews war” against the Third Reich with whom it should have been forged an alliance.
Nick Griffin (insert centre) leads 500 NF nazi saluting thugs to the Cenotaph in December 1986
2 Griffin has described the Nazis as “a movement that aimed to give a voice to the deepest aspirations of a nation”.
Nick Griffin outside Coventry Cathedral
3 In 1996 Griffin picketed Coventry Cathedral in protest at a service being held to commemorate the Nazis’ destruction of Coventry in the Second World War. Griffin did not think the Nazis had anything to apologise for and described the service as a “guilt trip”.
4 Griffin has described British RAF pilots as war criminals and murderers. He wrote an article in The Rune, the antisemitic journal he edited, praising the “courage and sacrifices” of the Waffen-SS soldiers while claiming in another piece that “the Waffen-SS were undoubtedly no worse than the troops of other nations … ” including Britain!
5 Griffin loathes the British wartime leader Winston Churchill. The Rune featured articles claiming that Churchill was a tool of the Jews who deliberately prolonged the war against Nazi Germany in order to lead Europe down a road to “racial suicide.”
6 Griffin is a notorious Holocaust denier. He said: “I am well aware that the orthodox opinion is that six million Jews were gassed and cremated or turned into lamp shades. Orthodox opinion also once held that the earth is flat … I have reached the conclusion that the ‘extermination’ tale is a mixture of Allied wartime propaganda, extremely profitable lie and latter witch-hysteria.”
7 Griffin’s chief lieutenant between 1999 and 2007, Tony Lecomber, branded Winston Churchill “a drunken, warmongering slob”.
8 The BNP is trying to make money from selling a CD called The White Cliffs of Dover, which includes several songs by the forces sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn. Yet Griffin proclaimed on the front cover of The Rune: “SS Special! Sick of Vera Lynn? See pages 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, & 88”. The last number was not a page number at all; “8” denotes the eighth letter of the alphabet “H” and in fascist parlance “HH” means “Heil Hitler”.
9 Mark Collett (pictured right), the BNP’s director of publicity, said of Winston Churchill: “Churchill was a f***ing c**t who led us into a pointless war with other whites [ie the Nazis] standing up for their race”. He was speaking on a Channel 4 documentary entitled Young, Nazi and Proud, in which he praised the Third Reich stating that “Hitler will live forever; and maybe I will”.
Oswald Mosley and fascist leader Benito Mussolini in Italy
10 Griffin has repeatedly praised the British Union of Fascists, the prewar group led by Oswald Mosley, many of whose members were rounded up and detained during the war because of their support for the Nazis. “There is a strong, direct link from Oswald Mosley to me," Griffin boasted.