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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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Yaphank

New York

Basic Information

Type of Place
Independent City or Town
Metro Area
Politics c. 1860?
Unions, Organized Labor?

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Was there an ordinance?
Sign?
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?

Census Information

The available census data from 1860 to the present
Total White Black Asian Native Hispanic Other BHshld
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Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Jewish

Comments

Newsday, a Long Island newpaper, published a volume in the late 90s called “Long Island: Our Story,” containing “articles” from different points in Long Island history. One that shocked me was a detailed description of Camp Siegfried, a rallying center for Nazi bundists that operated in the mid-to-late thirties in Yaphank. The article has photos of Nazi rallies there that look as if they could have been taken in Berlin. Some 40,000 Nazi bundists would come on weekends by train. Even the streets in Yaphank were named after Nazi leaders, and in recent decades there was a movement to expunge such former street names from the town records to sanitize history.