Freedom of Speech
and Freedom of the Press protect all rights of expression,
even when that expression is patently
Working from Lincoln, Nebraska, and protected
by the Constitution, Gary Rex Lauck has become one of the most
prolific publishers of Nazi literature in the world. He is credited
as one of the major forces behind the neo-Nazi movement in Germany.
Born in 1953 in Wisconsin, Lauck moved
to Lincoln with his family after his father got a position teaching
engineering at the University of Nebraska. He attributes his
upbringing in a largely German suburb of Milwaukee as inspiration
for his Nazi beliefs. He first started writing in support of
those beliefs as a student at Lincoln East High School. In college
he majored in German and became active in the Nazi party, adopting
the name "Gerhard." Later, he would also grow a Hitler-like
mustache and affect a German accent.
Lauck started the NSDAP/AO (the German
language acronym for National Socialist German Workers Party/Overseas
Organization, the translated name of the original Nazi party's
overseas unit). He has distributed neo-Nazi propaganda in at
least ten languages across the globe. Lauck is unashamedly anti-American,
claiming the country's two redeeming virtues are freedom of speech
and the right to bear arms.
The story of the Farm Belt Führer
first broke in UNL's student newspaper, The
Daily Nebraskan, on January 30, 1978. Joe Starita, who
went on to a successful career at several major newspapers and
is now a journalism professor at UNL, wrote the story, which
was picked up by national news syndicates.