Covington made a number of misleading statements in this eleven-minute segment, and it is not entirely clear that Deanna Spingola caught any of them, although she was undeterred from her central point.
The main point of contention was whether the father of Covington's former associate, Frank Collin, was a Jew, which all the world apart from Harold Covington seems to accept as fact.
Covington wants to blame the whole claim that Frank Collin's father was a Jew on a "rival N-S group" (obviously meaning the NSWPP), who according to Covington "created so-called fake immigration papers" showing Collin's father as a Jew.
This excuse holds no water since, when the story first became public in 1970, Collin was still a member of the NSWPP; in fact he was the Midwest coordinator for the NSWPP under Matt Koehl. It was a Chicago newspaper that produced the immigration papers, and it was not Matt Koehl but Collin's own father, Max Simon Collin, that Frank Collin was calling a liar.
If Max Collin is a liar, he has been deceiving people for no apparent reason for a long time.
Max Collin was born, he says, as Max Simon Cohn in Munich, Germany, in 1913. He was and is, he attests, a Jew. He was imprisoned for three months in 1938 in the infamous Dachau concentration camp, he says, because he was a Jew.
That year, Collin says, he was released from Dachau and allowed to emigrate to the United States. He came to Chicago and in 1943 married a Roman Catholic girl named Virginia. In 1946 he changed his name legally to Max Collin.
It was after [Frank Collin's] first arrest that a Chicago newspaper (the Sun-Times) reported immigration records showed the Nazi leader's father was a Jew. Max and Virginia Collin confirmed it and said the fact had never been a secret from their son. Frank Collin insisted his father was a liar, although a well-meaning one. [UPI, 23 April 1970]
In fact it is not unique that a half-Jew like Frank Collin was a member of the NSWPP. George Lincoln Rockwell openly admitted on more than one occasion that a few specific members of his organization were Jews. (Collin however joined after Rockwell's death.)
To explain why she believes that Frank Collin is a half-Jew, Spingola decides to adduce something that Matt Koehl told her. Before she can say it, Covington pre-empts by attacking Koehl's credibility, suggesting that Koehl was not Rockwell's bona fide successor as head of the NSWPP. The diversion is successful, insofar as Spingola ends up not saying whatever she was going to say.
|Free Lance-Star, 14 April 1967|
In fact Matt Koehl was Rockwell's deputy-commander, and it is documented, in the form of a small item that appeared in a newspaper of Fredericksburg, Virginia on 14 April 1967, four months before Rockwell's death. I called attention to this item more than two years ago in my essay, On the Murder of George Lincoln Rockwell, which Covington has surely seen.
The murder-conspiracy canard is only one of a number of baseless accusations that Covington makes against Matt Koehl.
While Covington pretends to demand a high standard of proof for establishing Frank Collin's Jewish ancestry, he shows an utter disregard for facts when making accusations against those whom he regards as competitors, or who have crossed him in some little way. It is perfectly clear, in regard to Covington, exactly what he says about others: that he doesn't care about the truth.
* Covington's murder-conspiracy smear against Matt Koehl is fully articulated in the so-called Brief History of the White Nationalist Movement (really a litany of libels promoted, distributed, and evidently written by Harold Covington) as follows:
The events immediately surrounding the death of Commander Rockwell are very murky. The NSWPP members allegedly went through the protocol of selecting a new leader, but many key members were not consulted. The majority of the members present in Arlington selected Major Matthias Koehl to succeed as the new NSWPP leader.
Koehl later claimed to be Rockwell’s hand-picked successor and “Deputy Commander,” but no official appointment to this particular post over Rockwell’s signature has ever been produced and so far as anyone recalls, Koehl never used such a title when Rockwell was alive. The reference to Koehl as “Deputy Commander” on the last page of White Power is a later addendum which does not appear in first editions of the book. There have been persistent rumors down through the years that on the night of Commander Rockwell’s murder, Captain Robert Lloyd and Dr. William Pierce broke into Commander Rockwell’s safe and destroyed his political testament. It is not known what this document contained. [quoted from A Brief History of the White Nationalist Movement, by famous liar Harold Anonymous Covington]