A former Neo-Nazi, who was active until very recently, has renounced the hatred he had been spreading for 40 years after admitting that he is gay and has Jewish ancestry.
Speaking to Channel 4, Kevin Wilshaw talked about having a violent past as a Neo-Nazi, and also came out as being a homosexual man for the first time in his life. Having spent almost 40 years being involved in far-right groups, Wilshaw announced that he will be leaving the movement.
As a younger man, Wilshaw used to be an organizer for the far-right group, National Front, and was still active in the organization as recently as earlier this year; Wilshaw has even spoken at some of the events organized by National Front.
But in an interview with Channel 4, for the first time, Wilshaw publicly disowned the movement and shared his secret Jewish heritage, as well as his sexuality, to the public on national television. He explained how he was a Neo-Nazi and had a secret Jewish heritage at the same time, also claiming to have been motivated by his hatred to commit violence.
In the interview with Channel 4, Wilshaw opened up about his Jewish Heritage:
“She was part Jewish, maiden name was Benjamin, we have Jewish blood on that side.”
“That term ‘the Jews’ is the global faceless mass of people you can’t personalise it, not individuals. That’s the generalisation that leads to 6 million people being deliberately murdered.”
“I didn’t have many friends at school, I wanted to be a member of a group of people that had an aim, and I thought getting involved in that kind of thing would be comradeship. “
“Even though you end up being a group of people that through their own extreme views are cut off from society, you do have a sense of comradeship in that you’re a member of a group that’s being attacked by other people.”
“On one or two occasions in the recent past I’ve actually been the recipient of the very hatred of the people I want to belong to … if you’re gay it is acceptable in society but with these group of people it’s not acceptable, and I found on one or two occasions when I was suspected of being gay I was subjected to abuse.”
Wilshaw claimed that in these hateful circles, being gay is accepted to a certain extent, but being Jewish is unacceptable.
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Source: Channel 4