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Baby Hitler!

Baby Hitler!

Adolf Hitler was, arguably, one of worst villains in history. He led the Nazis to cause the Second World War, killed millions of innocents, particularly Jews, was an extreme racist, and so much more. Yet, the neo-Nazis have emerged as Far Right or "populists" in Europe, Brazil and even in the US. Some of the white supremacists and Ku Klux Klan are manifestations of this despicable group. And, now, a neo-Nazi couple who named their child after Adolf Hitler has been found guilty of being part of a banned right-wing group in England. Adam Thomas, 22, and Claudia Patatas, 38, were convicted at Birmingham for being members of the extreme right-wing organisation, National Action. The group was banned in 2016. The court heard that the couple gave their child the middle name "Adolf" after Hitler, because of Thomas' "admiration" for him. Photos were also recovered from the couple's home that showed Thomas dressed in the white robes of the Ku Klux Klan while holding his son. The jury was also shown a tattoo Patatas has, which reproduces an intricate floor design from inside a former SS headquarters at Wewelsburg Castle in Germany.

The court heard how members of National Action had several methods to disguise their contact with each other and used closed encrypted messaging platforms to organise meetings to spread their ideology. The group was banned by the UK's former home secretary, Amber Rudd after she called it "racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic." Rudd added that it is an "organisation which stirs up hatred, glorifies violence, and promotes a vile ideology. It has absolutely no place in a Britain that works for everyone." The group was outlawed after it had celebrated the murder of Labour Party member of Parliament Jo Cox. The couple and the four other men will be sentenced in December. Speaking after the verdict, the head of West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, Matt Ward, said those convicted "were not simply racist fantasists." "We now know they were a dangerous, well-structured organisation," he said in a statement on the West Midlands Police website. "Their aim was to spread neo-Nazi ideology by provoking a race war in the UK and they had spent years acquiring the skills to carry this out. They had researched how to make explosives. They had gathered weapons. Unchecked, they would have triggered violence and spread hatred and fear across the West Midlands." Ward said that the convictions dealt a significant blow to National Action. "We have dismantled their Midlands Chapter but that doesn't mean the threat they pose will go away," he added. So far, a total of 10 people have either been convicted or admitted they are members of National Action.

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