Jon Minadeo, a notorious San Francisco Bay-area antisemite, was arrested in Poland last month for posing with antisemitic banners at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
Minadeo, 39, published a photo of himself on social media holding up a banner that read, “Greenblatt suck 6 million dicks” a reference to Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League. Greenblatt is a frequent target of Minadeo on social media.
Standing next to Minadeo in the picture was another man, identified as Robert Wilson, who held a banner reading “Shoah the ADL,” using the Hebrew word for the Holocaust.
A press officer of the Auschwitz Memorial said that two suspects “illegally burst” into the site on August 27 and “escaped immediately after taking out the hidden messages & taking the pictures,” the Jewish News of California reported Tuesday.
“This disgusting and primitive incident was immediately reported to the authorities that began investigating,” the memorial’s Paweł Sawicki was quoted as saying in an email.
More than 1.1 million people were murdered by the Nazis and their henchmen at Auschwitz. Most who were killed were Jews, but the victims also included Poles, Roma, Soviet prisoners of war and others. In all, about six million European Jews died during the Holocaust. When the Soviets liberated the camp, they found about 7,000 survivors.
White supremacist Jon Minadeo II – leader of the Goyim Defense League/GDL – has been arrested in Poland after this vile display of antisemitism at the Auschwitz Concentration Camp memorial.
Minadeo has been ordered to pay a fine; his computer has also been confiscated (cont.) pic.twitter.com/vO6S31REm4
— StopAntisemitism (@StopAntisemites) September 6, 2022
Minadeo published the photo on the Gab social media network under his username Handsome Truth, along with a message reading, “We must continue exposing the Jewish anti white propaganda! That for decades has conditioned our people to be slaves for the Jews.”
The post called the ADL “an anti white terrorist organization” and the Holocaust “a fucking hoax,” according to the report.
Polish police did not respond to a request for comment.
Minadeo announced his arrest in a post the day it happened along with a photo of himself holding a document explaining his legal rights as a defendant.
“Got handcuffed & arrested in Poland today for (((Hate Speech))) regarding Auschwitz,” he posted on Gab.
Noting that a swastika chain he often wears and his computer were “temporarily confiscated” he added, “You can’t keep me down Jews!”
Minadeo also published other media of his visit to Poland showing himself giving Nazi salutes and in one video verbally attacking an Asian man for several minutes, accusing him of being an “invader” of “the white man’s land.”
Shameful display of racism directed towards an ethnic minority Indian in Poland ???? pic.twitter.com/9kQBHBLWB8
— Wasiq Wasiq (@WasiqUK) September 2, 2022
Polish law states “Whoever publicly propagates a fascist or another totalitarian state or calls for hatred against national, ethnic, racial or religious differences or for non-denominational status, is subject to a fine, penalty of restriction of liberty or deprivation of liberty for up to 2 years,” according to the Jewish News of California report.
Last year Minadeo launched an online merchandise store selling virulently antisemitic and homophobic T-shirts and apparel in an effort to fund propaganda tours across California and beyond.
In 2020, Minadeo, with a group known as the Goyim Defense League, went on a Name the Nose tour last summer in Southern California, driving in a white van scrawled with antisemitic messages such as “Jews killed Jesus” and “BLM is funded by Jews.”
They hung banners reading, “Honk if you know the Jews want a race war” on a Los Angeles highway overpass, shouted conspiracy theories about COVID-19 to mask wearers and stood outside a Chabad center claiming that “these Jewish terrorists” were behind 9/11.