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Contrasts of a Private Persona; Md. Backer of Neo-Nazis Has Jewish Background, Sources Say
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The Washington Post (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Washington, D.C.
Author: Meyer, Eugene L
Date: Apr 25, 1988
Start Page: d.01
Section: METRO

A "Harold Von Braun" was listed as speaking "on behalf of Rev. R. Butler, Aryan Nations" at a Washington Sheraton meeting Feb. 12 of people advocating repeal of the 14th Amendment, which granted to blacks as citizens equal protection of the laws. Robert Brock, a California black separatist who organized the program, said Butler, scheduled to stand trial then, recommended von Braunhut as his substitute. Brock said he called von Braunhut at his Maryland home.

Also, von Braunhut was mentioned in an indictment of a top Ohio Klansman in 1985. Grand Dragon Dale R. Reusch was fined $5,000 and given three years' probation for violating federal gun laws. The indictment, which did not charge von Braunhut, said he financed Reusch's $11,954 purchase and took possession of the 83 automatic pistols, rifles and revolvers between November 1980 and December 1981.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas M. Bauer, who prosecuted Reusch, said the defendant and von Braunhut were friends. He said von Braunhut was prepared to testify at the trial that he had lent Reusch the money for the purchase and then took possession of the guns to secure the loan. The trial was called off after Reusch pleaded guilty to one count of illegally transporting firearms across state lines.

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