Backgrounder: Arthur Jones

  • March 1, 2012


Arthur Jones is a long-time neo-Nazi, based in Illinois, who has been involved with anti-Semitic and racist groups since the 1970s. He has participated in numerous extremist events, including neo-Nazi rallies and celebrations of Adolf Hitler's birthday throughout his career.  Jones is also a Holocaust denier who has said that the Holocaust is a lie "and nothing more than an international extortion racket by the Jews."

Most recently, in September 2011, Jones attended a rally in Wisconsin held by the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement (NSM), the largest neo-Nazi group in the country.

Between 2008 and 2011, he participated in events in Illinois that celebrated the April 20th birthday of Adolf Hitler.  At the event in 2011, Jones told a reporter that the group was also celebrating the start of the American Civil War in April 1861. In addition to a birthday cake dedicated to Hitler, the group reportedly had a second cake containing the logo: "The South Was Right. White Men Fight." 

In April 2009, Jones protested the opening of the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie, Illinois, along with the NSM and the Illinois National Socialist Front (INSF). 

A year earlier, in April 2008, Jones spoke at a Chicago event celebrating Hitler's birthday staged by the neo-Nazi American National Socialist Worker's Party (ANSWP), a now-defunct neo-Nazi organization. From April through June 2008, Jones was listed as the "pro temp" leader of the ANSWP's Northern Illinois unit. Speakers at the event included Ted Junker, a former German SS soldier during World War II who had founded a museum devoted to Adolf Hitler, located in Wisconsin.

Jones has been active in several groups throughout the last few decades, including the conspiratorial and anti-Semitic Populist Party, the National Socialist White People's Party and, briefly, the American Nazi Party. In 1980, he left the American Nazi Party and revived the America First Committee, a group he said he founded "to combat the dual evils of Communism and Zionism." 

In 1979, Jones donned Nazi garb to participate in an anti-integration rally in Chicago.

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