Brit neo-Nazi who celebrated Hitler’s birthday led ‘double life’ for 20 years
A former neo-Nazi lived a double life for more than 20 years, helping people "regardless of colour" during the work week but becoming a "very different person" after hours.
Birmingham man Nigel Bromage was groomed at just 15 by an arm of the National Front that used hatred of the IRA to lure him into white supremacist extremism.
The teen, whose dad worked long hours and mum was dying of cancer, was vulnerable to the charms of the activists living on his estate.
"I just thought they were normal guys just helping out really, but when I look back I see they saw I was in desperate need," he told MailOnline.
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As an adult he became the West Midlands organiser for the British Movement, which openly promotes Nazism, and later became part of neo-Nazi group Combat 18.
Members of the "openly racist organisation" would gather for a party on April 20 each year to celebrate Adolf Hitler's birthday with a swastika-shaped cake.
Meanwhile Nigel's marriage was in tatters as he was campaigning constantly, and poured most of his earnings from his day job back into the movement.
"It always comes across in the day you'd have a full time job, you'd be helping anybody regardless of colour and religion.
"Then in the evenings and on the weekend, you'd become a very different person and for me, the majority of the money I earned went straight into movement, because I believed the movement was everything."
That's despite becoming the target of violence from his angry community, who spraypainted "Nazi b*****d" on his home and placed threatening calls to his family.
He'd also frequently get into scraps with leftist organisers in Birmingham city centre while both groups were handing out leaflets.
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He says that threats to his family were part of the reason he stayed in the far-right group.
Nigel believes that people calling up to intimidate him reinforced his belief that the only people he could count on were fellow racists.
Nigel eventually pulled himself out of his Nazi lifestyle when he watched his fellow extremists threaten a black man in front of a woman and children.
Now he dedicates himself to helping other people who have been seduced into joining the dangerous ideology.
He runs Exit UK, a group which provides support and advice to former far-right activists, and educates the public about recruitment tactics to watch out for — most of which now take place online.
The outfit targets activity on social media platforms where young people are groomed into extremism.
In particular, it focuses on the use of memes that exploit certain mindsets who are ripe for recruitment.
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