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Collaboration Between Francis Parker Yockey and James Madole

by James Harting

TODAY IT IS widely recognized that the National Renaissance Party reprinted articles by Francis Parker Yockey in the National Renaissance Bulletin during the early 1950s, such as “What Is behind the Hanging of 11 Jews in Prague?” In most cases, the material by Yockey that NRP leader James Madole published had first appeared in Frontfighter, which was the newsletter of the European Liberation Front. Yockey had helped found the group and he maintained connections to it as he journeyed across the face of the globe in his relentless quest for European revival.

What is less well known, however, is that James Madole and Yockey knew each other personally, that Yockey participated in NRP activities, and that the two men collaborated on writing Yockey’s article, “The Destiny of America.”

In 1954, Madole was 27 years old and had recently been handed leadership of the NRP by Kurt Mertig, its founder. He was aware of the existence of a book called Imperium, written by one Ulick Vanange, but he had not read the book and knew nothing about the author. That year, a new person began attending party meetings and activities in New York City. In 1970, Madole’s recollection was that the man called himself “Richard Hatch” or “Hatcher.” This was the name that Yockey was using at the time of his arrest six years later, and Madole could have gotten it confused years later with Yockey’s alias at the time, which was “Frank Healy.” In any event, Madole did not know that Healy or Hatcher was Ulick Varange; as far as he knew, he was just another potential recruit. As it turned out, Yockey never officially joined the NRP, despite his attendance at its functions.

One morning Madole was awoken by a telephone call from the man, saying that something had come up and that he had to meet with Madole right away. Madole invited him to his apartment. The mysterious man told the NRP leader that an emergency had arisen, and that he had to leave town immediately. Yockey then gave him the manuscript of an article entitled, “The Destiny of America,” for publication in the National Renaissance Bulletin.

He explained that the portion of the article that he was giving him was complete, but that he had not yet written a second planned section. He outlined what the rest of the article was to be, and asked Madole to complete it for publication. Madole agreed, and the article subsequently appeared in the newsletter, with the first half written by Yockey and the second half completed by Madole according to the verbal outline Yockey gave him. Madole never saw or heard from him again.

In 1970, racialist publisher Douglas Kaye included “Destiny” in a small collection of Yockey’s writings, Yockey: Four Essays. To Madole’s chagrin, Kaye only republished the first section of the article written by Yockey himself, and not the second section which was a Madole/Yockey collaboration. The incomplete text published by Kaye is still the one that appears today online and in print. Here is a link to a online version: https://counter-currents.com/2011/06…ny-of-america/

As published in all versions except the original National Renaissance Bulletin text of January 1955, the essay starts with the coming of the White Man to North America and ends with the sentence, “Thus America was given a semitic countenance.” Madole commented to me that this gives entirely the wrong impression: that America’s destiny was to be dominated by the Jews. In fact, Madole said, this impression is the opposite of what Yockey intended. But once he had given the manuscript to Kaye, and the permission to republish it, the matter was out of his hands. In hindsight, it appears to me that Madole was right: the entire text should have been published, with a notation deliniating what were Yockey’s words alone, and what portion was a collaboration between Yockey and Madole.

In 1960, Madole was startled when he saw a newspaper photograph of a “neo-Fascist” who had committed suicide in a San Francisco jail: It was the author of “Destiny,” who Madole now discovered was also Ulick Varange, author of Imperium. He was dumbstruck.

Yockey had two daughters: Isolde and Brünnhilde. “Bruny,” as she was known in her youth, subsequently changed her name to Francesca. In 1962, she visited Madole in New York, and they spent an afternoon talking and reminiscing about her father. Madole told me that she had not read her father’s book and showed no interest in or knowledge of his ideas. She admired him nonetheless. Francesca also revealed that the Yockey family had some Jewish ancestry. Madole later recalled her saying that the family was 50 per cent. Jewish. Perhaps that is what she thought and that is what she said – but information contained in Kevin Coogan’s biography of Yockey, Dreamer of the Day, suggests that Yockey’s paternal grandfather (only) was a Jew, which would have made Yockey 25 per cent. Jewish (and his daughter 12.5 per cent.).

I have always felt that if this were true — if Yockey had some fractional Jewish ancestry — that it would go a long way toward explaining why he adopted a theory that race was based on spirit rather than biology. Under a biological definition, Yockey could not claim to be 100 per cent. Aryan, but using his peculiar spiritual definition, he could say that he was entirely of the “European” race. (It should be noted that Oswald Spengler, Yockey’s idol, was one-eighth Jewish by way of a maternal great-grandmother; he, too, undervalued the biological nature of race.)

It was interesting, to say the least, for me to know someone (Madole) who spoke of Yockey, not as a distant, abstract historical figure, but rather as just another Movement comrade, who attended street rallies, and who sat in the same room as I was sitting in and discussed the affairs of the day and Movement theory.

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Source: Do Right and Fear No One

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Andrew Hamilton
Andrew Hamilton
2 July, 2021 11:49 am

Fascinating article, thanks. In 1962, she visited Madole in New York, and they spent an afternoon talking and reminiscing about her father. Madole told me that she had not read her father’s book and showed no interest in or knowledge of his ideas. She admired him nonetheless. Francesca also revealed that the Yockey family had some Jewish ancestry. Madole later recalled her saying that the family was 50 per cent. Jewish. Perhaps that is what she thought and that is what she said – but information contained in Kevin Coogan’s biography of Yockey, Dreamer of the Day, suggests that Yockey’s paternal grandfather (only) was a Jew, which would have made Yockey 25 per cent. Jewish (and his daughter 12.5 per cent.). I have always felt that if this were true… Read more »

Another Mystery
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Reply to  Andrew Hamilton
11 July, 2021 7:55 pm

Yockey spent his last days of freedom holed up in the home of a literal rabbi named Scharf. For all his ranting about “Culture Distorters”, he seemed to have no problem trusting one with his life.

“Imperium” and his other works are interesting and make some good points, but basing your worldview entirely or mostly on him (like many alt-righters have done) is a bad idea.