Louis Th­er­oux and the Nazis

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Thurs­day, 8.30pm, BBC Knowl­edge Louis Th­er­oux, son of travel writer and nov­el­ist Paul Th­er­oux, is a Bri­tish-Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist and broad­caster whose choice of sub­jects and style of in­ter­view in­evitably at­tract con­tro­versy. In this doc­u­men­tary, made in 2003 but still shock­ing, he vis­its Cal­i­for­nia to meet some of Amer­ica’s most com­mit­ted and in­fa­mous Nazis. First up is Tom Met­zger, tele­vi­sion re­pair­man and front­man for the sep­a­ratist move­ment White Aryan Re­sis­tance. Then Th­er­oux goes to a rally where he meets April Gaede and her 11-year-old daugh­ters, Lamb and Lynx, who sing racist songs to a cap­ti­vated bunch of skin­heads. He’s ap­palled when the girls tell him their favourite com­puter game is Eth­nic Cleans­ing. A decade on, I won­der if they have es­caped their mother’s brain­wash­ing.

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