A Neo-Nazi and National Front organizer in the United Kingdom came out as gay and revealed his Jewish heritage Tuesday, denouncing the far-right groups after 40 years of active membership.
Kevin Wilshaw, 58, who joined the National Front in the late 1970s and had been promoting white supremacy since his teenage years, told Channel 4 News he wanted to be a part of the groups because he wanted “a sense of comradeship.”
“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 told Channel 4. “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."
Wilshaw was deeply involved in the far-right and fascist political party, becoming a regional organizer at the age 20 and working with white supremacist groups until earlier this year.
Yet said he has “Jewish blood” from his mother, who was part Jewish. In his application to join the National Front, he talked about his hatred of “the Jews.”
Wilshaw recalled other members suspecting him of being gay and he alleges he was abused because of it. He said he realize it was a contradiction to join extremist groups with his background.