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White supremacist carrying a Nazi flag in Charlottesville

WWII veterans react to white supremacists bearing Nazi flags in Charlottesville


Two World War II veterans were disturbed by the sight of white supremacists bearing swastikas at the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Bob Mazany and Bill Jones, who both served in the US military during WWII, were shocked to see demonstrators waving Nazi flags representing the enemy they fought against.

"I just don't like what's going on. I'm afraid at 90," said Mazany.

"The people, a lot of them, I think, that's doing it don't even realize what they're doing and why. They're following the leader like a bunch of lambs."
Bill Jones, WWII Veteran

A clash of white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville reached its height on Aug. 12 when a white nationalist drove a car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

The violence and the presence of swastikas at the protests evoked memories of Nazi Germany that the two veterans never thought they would see again in a hate group.

The men added that the protesters waving racist symbols could use a better understanding of history, along with more respect for others.

"Respect for the flag, respect for each other, respect for the country, and respect for other people's views, and I think that means a whole lot," Jones said. "You've got to listen and learn."

"Tolerance and acceptance. When we bring those words back into the dictionary, we and the rest of the world will be better off," Mazany said.

KATU contributed to this report.

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