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Matt Koehl Passes

Post by Will Williams » Thu Mar 19, 2015 12:47 pm

I don't recall that the passing of Matt Koehl was properly noted here. Though he described the spirituality of the New Order organization as the Hitler Faith, one can recognize the compatibility of that faith with Dr. William Pierce's Cosmotheism.

[T]here is a better way, a way of Life. That way calls for the elimination of the egocentric/materialistic outlook. It calls for a new awareness and understanding. It involves a spiritual awakening, and calls for a rebirth of idealism and natural values.

It begins with the realization that we are part of something much bigger than our individual selves; that man is part of a great natural order; that to be healthy and whole, he must act in accordance with its laws; and that among its ordinances are the laws of Race and racial conservation.
-from What is the New Order:
Matt Koehl Passes into History
Friday, 14 November 2014

Matt Koehl, Commander of the NEW ORDER and the foremost National Socialist thinker of the modern era, has passed into history.

Commander Koehl died peacefully in his sleep early on the morning of October 10, at the NEW ORDER property "Nordland" in Wisconsin. The Waukesha County coroner has determined the cause of death as "complications due to cancer." Koehl was 79, and had been battling the illness for several years.

Matthias Koehl, Jr., was born in Milwaukee on Jan, 22, 1935, one of three children of Matthias Koehl, Sr., and his wife Ruth. He graduated Washington High School here in 1952, and later attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he studied journalism. He subsequently served in the US Marine Corps for two years.

As a teenager, he joined the New York-based National Renaissance Party. He was a key NRP activist, and was mentioned by name in a report by the House Committee on Un-American Activities when they investigate the NRP in 1954.

Koehl went on to join a number of organizations, commonly characterized by the media as "neo-Nazi" or "racist," such as the United White Party and the National States Rights Party. He also served as the national secretary of the Free Ezra Pound Committee, and met with the poet in St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, DC, on numerous occasions, as he worked to get him released.

In 1961, Koehl joined George Lincoln Rockwell's American Nazi Party and became its Chicago organizer. He opened an ANP headquarters there, and conducted over 100 public demonstrations.

In 1963, he was transferred to the party's national headquarters in Arlington, Va., and became the group's national secretary.

In January, 1967, Rockwell renamed his party the National Socialist White People's Party. When he was killed in August of that year, Koehl became the new NSWPP leader.

Although he lacked Rockwell's flamboyant showmanship, Koehl was a serious and methodical political organizer. Under his tenure, the NSWPP flourished into a national organization, with headquarters in many US cities. In the mid-1970s, it ran candidates for local office in Milwaukee and elsewhere. Koehl's "Nazis" stunned political observers by capturing between five and 20 percent of the popular vote in various electoral contests.

By the early 1980s, however, Koehl became disenchanted with the political advocacy of Hitlerian ideas. Instead, he helped formalize and develop a serious religious approach that he was convinced was a more assured means to success for those faithful to the worldview of National Socialism.

In 1984, the Commander dissolved the NSWPP and reorganized it as the NEW ORDER, which is a religious movement with a codified worldview based on National Socialist principles. He moved the NEW ORDER headquarters from Arlington to Milwaukee in the mid-1980s.

Matt Koehl was respected throughout the so-called "far-right," both in the US and abroad, as an essayist, lecturer and theorist. Among his most influential writings are: "Faith of the Future", "Adolf Hitler: German Nationalist or Aryan Racialist?" and "The Revolutionary Nature of National Socialism”. He was also the author of many doctrinal tracts on National Socialism.

In his personal life, Koehl was a vegetarian, an aficionado of classical music, and a strong supporter of animal rights and natural medicine. Commander Koehl was fluent in German and conversant in multiple other languages. He will be missed and will continue to serve as inspiration for action, dedication and loyalty for National Socialist both in the United States and across the world.


NEW ORDER associate Martin Kerr, a longtime follower and co-worker of Commander Koehl's, offered this brief assessment of his life and contributions to the Movement:

Matt Koehl was an exemplar of the highest Aryan humanity, and of the finest type of National Socialist. His loyalty to Adolf Hitler and his Cause was unquestionable. Almost singlehandedly, he was responsible for the survival of the National Socialism in the United States following the brutal assassination of George Lincoln Rockwell. Beyond that, however, he was a profound thinker of the first order. The true magnitude of his contributions will only be fully recognized in the years and decades ahead.

We, his loyal followers, bow our heads in sorrow at his passing.

Various essays by Matt Koehl, including The Revolutionary Nature of National Socialism, the Good Society and Faith of the Future are available in print form from
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Re: Matt Koehl Passes

Post by Volker Zorn » Sun Mar 22, 2015 5:46 pm

Matt Koehl was a prolific author, penning many dozens of articles, essays, editorials, commentaries and booklets.

In the years immediate prior to his death, he collected what he felt were his most significant writings, and updated them and corrected occasional errors. The time span of this collection reaches back to the 1960s, and continues forward to recent years.

The NEW ORDER intends to publish this collection of Koehl's selected writings sometime later this year, or in 2016, as time and finances allow.

In addition to being a tireless, lifelong White activist, Matt Koehl was a profound thinker, whose true significance has not yet been recognized, even among most racially-conscious Whites.

This book will go a long way towards establishing his proper legacy.


Re: Matt Koehl Passes

Post by WhiteRider14 » Sun Oct 11, 2015 11:07 pm

Yesterday marks the Anniversary of Commander Koehls passing. May his spirit give us guidance and lead us unto the path of victory.

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Re: Matt Koehl Passes

Post by Volker Zorn » Mon Oct 12, 2015 3:42 pm

The split between Matt Koehl and Dr. Pierce in 1970 was perceived as a tragic event when it occurred, not only by neutral observers in the Movement, but even by the partisans of the two principals involved. And indeed, its immediate effect was a huge loss in fighting capacity for the Movement overall. The NSWPP lost its most effective and productive propagandist, and Dr. Pierce lost the resources available to him as the National Secretary of the NSWPP and the General Secretary of the World Union of National Socialists.

However, seen from the vantage point of historical perspective, the split was in the long run advantageous for the Movement, no matter how catastrophic it was in the short term. For it allowed both Matt Koehl and Dr. Pierce to each forge their own unique paths forward, without having their efforts hampered by the other man. That is what would have happened if they had remained in the same organization.

But that split was 45 years ago. Now, it is to hoped that the followers of both men can work together in a spirit of comity as we move into the future. I, personally, found it gratifying that Dr. Pierce and Commander Koehl had buried the hatchet in the years prior to Dr. Pierce's death, and were even discussing working together on specific projects.

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