|Excerpt from ADL's page on the Celtic Cross, a symbol often associated with white supremacist groups. A version of this symbol is seen on an armband Patrick Sean Manchester is wearing in a photograph in his infamous "Nazi room." Picture: ADL.|
In reference to my response to Mr. Patrick Sean Manchester's claims about me, in which I refuted his allegation that I support Marxist terrorist groups; the false claim that I am an atheist; a troll; the false representation of my Facebook group, Did a Wampyr Walk in Highgate? (https://www.facebook.com/groups/awampyrwalks), existing to "to stalk and troll †Seán Manchester," Mr. Manchester could only muster a single reply (after copy-pasting my response, sans credit). Unfortunately, it wasn't an apology.
Instead, he sought to address my reference to Mr. Manchester's far-right leanings and Nazi fetishism, by countering: "* 'far-right nationalist leanings and Nazi fetishism: As documented by Kevin Chesham' who is himself a Neo-Nazi with close associations to other far right extremists, eg Kerry Bolton. It would certainly seem to be the case that Hogg can only find Nazis and hardcore Satanists to source smears of †Seán Manchester being a 'Nazi feteshist.' Risible!"
Manchester supplemented this allegation against former friend, Kevin Chesham, with a link to Manchester's blog, Kevin Chesham Q & A (https://kev-chesham.blogspot.com). But this attempt at deflection is somewhat questionable.
Apart from not denying his own far-right leanings and Nazi fetishism, the blog's content is questionable at best. For example, in a blog post attempting to refute Mr. Manchester having a room dedicated to Nazism, he states "The room was not a Nazi room. It was a storeroom for books and items that had accumulated down the decades. My library is on the ground floor. These books were in a room on the first floor. They comprised mostly history books, biographies and autobiographies which concentrated on the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s."
However, a cursory scan of the room's contents expose the falsity of this counter-claim: the wall is mounted with Nazi/fascist regalia and photographs, the shelves lined with books on vampirism, British history, folklore, Nazism (including a copy of Hitler's Mein Kampf) and a few others. But most tellingly, a tabletop features a silver framed article cut-out: "One in Four Germans Admires the Nazis," Daily Mail (London), October 18, 2007.
Another wall features a photograph of a young Mr. Manchester (wearing sunglasses) in an armband representing the Christian Nationalist Movement. The Celtic cross symbol in Manchester's armband is associated with white supremacist groups. Indeed, Mr. Manchester's own pseudonym, "The Cross & the Stake" (the same name of a newsletter he used to edit) echoes The Cross and the Flag, a magazine published by the Christian Nationalist Crusade (my italics)—which promoted Holocaust denialism.
I should also point out that Mr. Manchester has previously dabbled in Nazi apologetics himself. On discussing the devastation wrought by World War 2, Mr. Manchester saw fit to lay the blame not on the Nazis who initiated the war, but a place closer to home: "Had Great Britain not declared war on Germany in the wake of a conveniently manufactured agreement with Poland that was designed to be violated, perhaps the sixty million people killed, which was over 2.5% of the world population, might for the most part have survived? Hitler certainly did not want a war with Great Britain on whose Empire he modelled his Third Reich. My country's action resulted in the worst and deadliest military conflict in history. It should have been avoided by every measure available."
History begs to differ.
my response to Mr. Patrick Sean Manchester's claims about me: Hogg, "Response to Patrick Sean Manchester's Remarks About My Political and Religious Views, and Purpose of My Facebook Group," Did a Wampyr Walk in Highgate? (blog), December 27, 2020, https://dawwih.blogspot.com/2020/12/response-to-patrick-sean-manchesters.html.
"* 'far-right nationalist leanings and Nazi fetishism": Manchester [pseud. The Cross & The Stake], "* 'far-right nationalist leanings and Nazi fetishism," Facebook, December 28, 2020, https://www.facebook.com/VampireResearchSociety/posts/2177265469071575.
"The room was not a Nazi room": [Manchester], "Alleged 'Nazi' Room," Kevin Chesham Q & A (blog), May 30, 2019, https://kev-chesham.blogspot.com/2019/05/alleged-nazi-room.html.
a cursory scan of the room's contents: see photos in "Kevin Chesham - The Autobiography - First Extract," Kevin Chesham - Triathlete, accessed December 27, 2020, http://kevchesham.blogspot.com/p/kevin-chesham-autobiography-first.html.
a tabletop features a silver framed article cut-out: Hogg, "Ja, mein Bischof!," Did a Wampyr Walk in Highate? (blog), March 5, 2012, https://dawwih.blogspot.com/2012/03/ja-mein-bischof.html.
which promoted Holocaust denialism: Wikipedia, s.v. "Gerald L. K. Smith," last edited December 1, 2020, at 23:47, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_L._K._Smith.
Celtic cross symbol in Manchester's armband: "Let's Play Dressing Up!," Kevin Chesham - Triathlete, accessed December 28, 2020, http://kevchesham.blogspot.com/p/lets-play-dressing-up.html; and "Celtic Cross," ADL, accessed December 28, 2020, https://www.adl.org/education/references/hate-symbols/celtic-cross.
"Had Great Britain not declared war on Germany": Manchester, "Detractors," "The struggle can take many turns and directions." — Kevin Chesham (Dec 2009) (blog), April 8, 2012, http://kevin-chesham.blogspot.com/2012/04/detractors.html. For further analysis of Mr. Manchester's use of racist sources and Nazi apologetics, see Hogg, "Rebutting the Nazi Room," Did a Wampyr Walk in Highgate? (blog), April 9, 2012, https://dawwih.blogspot.com/2012/04/rebutting-nazi-room.html.