A half-century ago, a self-styled American Nazi leader was killed. But the impact of the ideas he and his followers espoused continues More

On Aug. 25, 1967 — exactly 50 years ago this Friday — a man was killed whose dismissive TIME death notice began by declaring that he had been “a failure at just about everything he tried.” That man, George Lincoln Rockwell, was newsworthy only as the founder of the anti-Semitic, racist and homophobic group he called the American Nazi Party, later known as the National Socialist White People’s Party, a “risible handful of strutting, beswastikaed… bullyboys,” the magazine said.

Rockwell had been shot at a laundromat by a disgruntled former party official. Given that his followers’ numbers

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