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“When I saw how my racism and hatred was causing so much pain, that really was the final straw,” Jeff Schoep, a former neo-Nazi, told JNS.

When Jeff Schoep, former head of the violently antisemitic National Socialist Movement, speaks at a private Highland Park, Ill., residence on March 14, he intends to cite his life as a cautionary tale for those seeking meaning by joining white supremacist groups.

After leading a neo-Nazi group for 25 years, Jeff Schoep has spent the past few years spreading the exact opposite message, one of tolerance and deradicalization, working not only to prove that his transformation is genuine but that his message is necessary.

This week, Schoep spoke at several venues in Illinois on behalf of the Simon Wiesenthal Center – Schoep is a consultant for the group, as well as the director of Beyond Barriers USA – discussing how communities can work on peace-building and reducing the threat of extremism.


Rolanda Watts

Can a Racist Really Change Their Ways? Catching Up almost 30 YEARS LATER with a Former Young Racist from the Rolonda Show Who Says YES! People can indeed change — He says he did! Almost thirty years ago, Jeff Schoep appeared on my talk show in an episode titled, “I’m Young and I’m Racist.” As the former head of the National Socialist Party and leader of the largest Nazi organization in America, Schoep experienced an unexpected encounter that changed his heart, his mind, and his life, In this exclusive interview, Jeff talks about breaking free from these racist organizations, who inspired him to do so and how, and also tells how he formed a non-profit group called Beyond Barriers where he tries to get young people out of extremists groups, like. the ones who stormed the Capitol, as he had predicted as a young hate leader almost thirty years ago on Rolonda talk show.



Helle Aarnes & Robert Veiåker Johansen

In front of 150 students, most of them with a multicultural background, Jeff Schoep (49) talks about how short a distance it can be from fascinated to extreme. Schoep knows what he’s talking about: He has 25 years of experience as leader of the National Socialist Movement (NSM), one of America’s largest neo-Nazi groups. All these years he cultivated racism, denied the holocaust, hated people of color and Jews.




Brave Journeys with Tammi Faraday
It was an incredible honor to share my story Radical to Redemption with Tammi Michelle Faraday of Brave Journeys Podcast with Tammi Faraday. It is my sincere hope that anyone who is struggling on life’s journey may find hope, strength, or inspiration from listening to our meaningful conversation. I highly recommend adding Brave Journeys Podcast to your listening favorites.
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Episode 7 (Season 5) of 𝗕𝗥𝗔𝗩𝗘 𝗝𝗢𝗨𝗥𝗡𝗘𝗬𝗦 ™ with Jeff Schoep – once described as ‘the most famous Nazi in America’, who, after sitting down with victims of hate groups, walked away from extremism forever – is out NOW on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
This is one episode of 𝗕𝗥𝗔𝗩𝗘 𝗝𝗢𝗨𝗥𝗡𝗘𝗬𝗦 ™, you simply can’t afford to miss!!!




Emmy winner Deeyah Khan and the Nobel Peace Center invite you to a screening and conversation about the award-winning documentary “White Right: Meeting the Enemy.”

Saturday, November 19th will be a very special day at the Colosseum cinema.

Emmy-winning Deeyah Khan and the Nobel Peace Center invite you to a screening of the award-winning documentary film “White Right: Meeting the Enemy”, and conversations around the film.

Khan is accompanied to Oslo by Jeff Schoep, once America’s most notorious neo-Nazi, now a consultant for the Simon Wiesenthal Center. He chose to break away from the environment as a result of the encounters in the film. Arno Michaelis – a former champion of race war, and vocalist of the race-metal band Centurion will also be coming to the event in Norway’s most exclusive cinema.


Inside the world of extremist thought.

Society’s fringe dwellers are on the march. Armed by social media, private messaging apps and dog whistles from the rich and powerful, many forms of right-wing extremism are growing.

How to stop them? How do you convert a neo-Nazi, kill-off a conspiracy theory? What can authorities and concerned citizens do to make democracy more robust and resilient?


TRC Talks

Mariam Tokhadze, Director of Georgian Center for Strategy and Development

TRC Talks is hosted by Mariam Tokhadze, Director of Georgian Center for Strategy and Development – GCSD.
(online discussion with Georgian subtitles)
The guest of the 7th TRC Talks is Jeff Schoep, Founder of Beyond Barriers, a non-profit organization committed to a new approach to countering and preventing extremism.


Do you believe in redemption for radicals? Do you believe those who’ve once believed in a hateful ideology or been party to hateful organizations can do anything to redeem themselves? I think it’s unwise to say that we cannot change the hearts and minds of those who’ve lead a life of hate and radical extremism. I would not be doing this podcast if I did not think they could be reached…..