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Group outs neo-Nazi to whole town: "My life is over"

Jerrod Kuhn outed to whole town as Neo-Nazi.
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Livingston County News

About 250 fliers were distributed around Honeoye Falls, N.Y., earlier in the week identifying a resident who marched in support of the white supremacist movement that took place in Charlottesville last Saturday.

The flier reads, “No Nazis in our neighborhood” in bold type along with a picture of demonstrators who attended a neo-Nazi rally at the University of Virginia on August 11.

In that picture, a man in the crowd is circled in the bottom right corner according to Livingston County News.

The canvassing of the fliers was organized by Rochester area anti-fascist group who pinpointed Jerrod Kuhn in the picture and claim that he is a “leading figure with the Daily Stormer, an avowedly neo-Nazi website around which local groups have been organizing to promote anti-Semitism, white supremacy and violence against LGBTQ communities.”

But Kuhn is not happy with the “crazy allegation," saying, “I’m not a neo-Nazi. I don’t belong to a German workers’ party from 1933... I’m a moderate Republican.”

He claims that he only traveled to Charlottesville to protest the removal of a park statue which honors Confederate leader Robert E. Lee.

“It’s a piece of history, and I thought that it should remain,” he said. “It’s important to me that we preserve American history no matter how ugly the past is it’s associated with.”

But Livingston County News says the group he was marching with were chanting anti-Semitic phrases and the whole thing was caught on video with Kuhn in the mix.

“You will not replace us,” “Jews will not replace us,” “blood and soil,” and “white lives matter” were some of the things being shouted.

Although some confrontations turned physical, there is no proof that Kuhn was involved with any of them.

Peter Berkman who is a part of the group responsible for the fliers, Eastside Antifascists, says locals should know who lives among them.

“People have a right to know if their neighbor is a violent neo-Nazi just as much as they would if their neighbor was a violent sex offender,” said Berkman. “I think it’s important that people know the dangers the community faces and we think people having that information is important for them to protect themselves.”

Berkman, when asked about the fliers possibly leading to violence against Kuhn, he said, “I want to emphasize that very clearly, we have never at any point suggested that we’re calling for really any action against him or anyone he’s associated with.”

The fliers not only contained Kuhn’s name but his address, something we won’t reveal here.

“The idea that we can walk away from last weekend, a moment when neo-Nazis literally killed people in the streets of Charlottesville (by) driving a car through a street full of innocent bystanders and then say we’re worried about the safety of a neo-Nazi is pretty crazy to me,” Berkman said.

Honeoye Falls Mayor Rick Milne said he was alerted to the fliers and instructed his staff members to take them down, some had been placed on private property. He said his concern is that the fliers mention a specific name.

The mayor makes it clear that he doesn’t want neo-Nazis, White nationalists or any of those groups in his community. 

“I do not want them in Honeoye Falls,” he said. “Personally, I do not want individuals living in Honeoye Falls that are like that.”

Kuhn has been silent about the situation, but told the publication Democrat and Chronicle, that the fliers have ruined his life and his family has been getting death threats.

He admits to attending the rally but left about 30 minutes later when the protest began to turn violent.

“I can’t live in this community anymore. I’m in the process of figuring out what I’m going to do,” he said. “I’m 21 years old and now my life is over in this area.”