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Neo-Nazi Terrorism and Countercultural Fascism

Hosted By: YIVO

“Neo-Nazi Terrorism and Countercultural Fascism: The Origins and Afterlife of James Mason’s Siege” examines the rise of the Atomwaffen Division and others inspired by James Mason’s book “Siege,” which lauds terrorism and figures like Charles Manson. The book details how Mason’s ideology took shape during the 1970s debates following the split of the American Nazi Party/NSWPP and reveals how, in the 1980s, musicians and publishers Boyd Rice, Michael Moynihan, Adam Parfrey, and Nikolas Schreck played key roles in disseminating his ideas. YIVO hosts a discussion with the author Spencer Sunshine about this exploration.

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Spencer Sunshine, PhD

Spencer Sunshine, PhD, has been researching contemporary Far Right and fascist movements for 15 years, with special attention paid to antisemitism. Since 2016, his blow-by-blow coverage of the U.S. Far Right’s meteoric rise to power has appeared in publications like Truthout and Colorlines. The subject of several conspiracy theories himself, Sunshine is currently finishing a report on the origins of the neo-Nazi murder manual Siege, in addition to working on two books about Nazism in the United States.
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The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is dedicated to the preservation and study of the history and culture of Eastern European Jewry and Yiddish language.
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