James Von Brunn appears to be a kind of revered elder statesman of the hardcore white supremacist movement.
A 2003 posting on the Neo-Nazi website Storm Front, by “The Celtic Pit Dog,” asked readers to wish him good health after heart surgery and noted “I have heard many great things about this amazing man.”The poster wrote:
James W. von Brunn WW2 PT Boat Captain, White Nationalist, member of Mensa, the high-IQ society, owner of the web site www.holywesternempire.org. This great White Nationalist served 6.5 years of a 11 year sentence in Federal Prison just had heart surgeory in Maryland. Wish him luck with his health. You can e mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. I have never met Mr. vanBrunn but hope to meet him maybe the end of the summer. I have heard many great things about this amazing man from his son who I be-friended when he was living in Florida.
Another poster on Storm Front, Elena, wrote that she was nominating Von Brunn for the title of “white racialist treasure,” and described his book about the imagined Zionist conspiracy, “Kill The Best Gentiles,” as “a valuable resource.” Elena asked other readers to send their own nominations for the title, and signed her post: “Blessed be the Pro-White Activists.”
And it may be not just hardcore Neo-Nazis on the right who liked Von Brunn’s work. A recent screed he wrote about President Obama’s birth certificate was posted on Free Republic, the conservative site.
Late Update: Free Republic has taken down Von Brunn’s piece. But here’s a cached version.