A loathsome Nazi’s burial in Arlington National Cemetery — where President John F. Kennedy and the nation’s brave war heroes are laid to rest — is a tragic betrayal of America, outraged critics charge.
Willis A. Carto, one of America’s most vocal Nazi sympathizers, lies in Grave 321 of Section 76 — in the same hallowed ground reserved for U.S. veterans who sacrificed their lives to battle Adolf Hitler and his Nazi henchmen.
Furious Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, calls Carto’s burial in Arlington a “national disgrace.”
“For a person who supported a man responsible for the greatest mass murder in the history of mankind to be buried in the sacred ground where service members who fought to do everything to defeat this man — it profanes the cemetery,” Hier said.
Anti-Defamation League leader Marilyn Mayo says, “It is unfortunate someone with Carto’s views gets to be buried in our national cemetery — but if he meets the criteria there is not much that can be done.”
Government regulations say any active military personnel or honorably discharged retired vet is eligible to be buried in the sacred Virginia shrine.
Unfortunately, that includes Carto, a U.S. Army soldier who fought and was wounded in the Philippines — earning a Purple Heart — during World War II.
After the war, he launched the Liberty Lobby, a white supremacist group that spewed Holocaust-denying hate. He was kept under surveillance by the FBI.
“Hitler’s defeat was the defeat of Europe — and of America,” Carto wrote in 1966.
Outrageously, Carto, who died in 2015, “laughed” about his plans to be buried at Arlington.
“I’m probably America’s biggest Hitler fan, but I’ll be buried alongside all these World War II vets,” the FBI’s Todd Blodgett quoted Carto as saying.
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