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‘I really do feel guilty’: British neo-Nazi comes out as Jewish and gay

Kewin Wilshaw, who was a member of the far-right National Front till earlier this year, explains why he joined the neo-Nazi party.

world Updated: Oct 18, 2017 14:39 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Kewin Wilshaw while speaking to Channel 4. (Channel 4 video screengrab)

Kewin Wilshaw was a member of a far-right and fascist group National Front in the UK for 40 years.

But white supremacist life is riddled with contradictions. In an interview with Channel 4, Wilshaw said his mother was part Jewish and he came out as gay on Wednesday.

Wilshaw, who was a member of the party till earlier this year, explains why he joined the group. “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,” he said.

Wilshaw even wrote about his hatred for “the Jews” on the application form for the group, which claims on its website it would “halt all non-white immigration into Britain”.

He admits in the interview that being a neo-Nazi and gay was another thorn because the party does not support LGBT rights. He says it wasn’t until the abuse was directed at him that he understood his actions were wrong: “It’s a terribly selfish thing to say but it’s true. I saw people being abused, shouted at, spat at in the street – it’s not until it’s directed at you that you suddenly realise that what you’re doing is wrong.”

Wilshaw, who vandalised a mosque in Aylesbury in 1990s , was arrested in March for “online race hate offences. He was a prominent organiser for the National Front in the previous decade.

But he says he feels guilty for his past and wants to attack extremists. “I really do feel guilty,” he said. “Not only that, this is also a barrier to me having a relationship with my own family, and I want to get rid of it, it’s too much of a weight.”

“I want to do some damage as well, not to ordinary people but the people who are propagating this kind of rubbish – want to hurt them, show what it’s like for those who are living a lie and be on the receiving end of this type of propaganda.”

Experts say the far-right is on the rise across Europe and the West, with Marine Le Pen in France and the AfD making inroads in German politics this year. In August, a white supremacist rammed his car into counter protesters, killing a woman, at a “unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Kevin Wilshaw’s full interview:

First Published: Oct 18, 2017 13:45 IST

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