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The New York Nazi Town Still Fighting To Stay Pure
Just 50 miles west of New York City’s borough of Queens–often cited as the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world–lies the small, exclusively white, hamlet of Yaphank. And it’s no coincidence that Yaphank ended up that way. In the 1930s, the town was founded by the German American Settlement League, an offshoot of the Bund, the nationwide American network of Nazi sympathizers. Parades featuring swastika-adorned flags marched through the town and hundreds flocked to its Nazi summer camp.
Today, the German American Settlement League, which still essentially controls the town, is fighting to retain its law that any homeowner must be of primarily German extraction (unofficially: they must be white). One couple, former residents, are now taking the league to court, and shedding well-deserved light on Yaphank’s troubling past and present. Go in-depth at The New York Times.