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Sat May 20, 2017, 09:00 PM

New York enclave with Nazi roots agrees to change policies

Source: Associated Press


Frank Eltman, Associated Press Updated 1:54 pm, Saturday, May 20, 2017





YAPHANK, N.Y. (AP) An enclave of former summer bungalows, where Nazi sympathizers once proudly marched near streets named for Adolf Hitler and other Third Reich figures, is being forced to end policies that limited ownership to people of German descent.

The German American Settlement League, which once welcomed tens of thousands in the 1930s to pro-Nazi marches at Camp Siegfried on eastern Long Island, has settled an anti-discrimination case brought by New York state. The settlement calls for a change in the league's leadership and adherence to all state and federal housing laws.

Many residents in the tiny community of about 40 homes that is a small part of the rural hamlet of Yaphank declined to speak on the record, but those who did disputed their community is tainted by discrimination.

"There's a mixed bag; it's not like it was," said Fred Stern, a member of the league's board and a 40-year resident, who conceded the community was once primarily occupied by those of German descent. "It's not like whatever they're saying. If you went to every house and asked people's nationality, it wouldn't be any different than any other neighborhood."

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/us/article/New-York-enclave-with-Nazi-roots-agrees-to-change-11160846.php

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