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After Nazi Salute in Arlington, Neighbors Rally Against Hate

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    News4's Jackie Bensen reports on an anti-hate rally in Arlington, Virginia, on Friday. Six neo-Nazis honored a Nazi leader at the same location earlier in the day. (Published Friday, Aug. 25, 2017)

    A photo of six people doing a Nazi salute at a shopping center in Northern Virginia Friday morning energized an entire neighborhood to reject racist hate Friday night.

    Ten times as many people showed up to the Dominion Hills Centre in Arlington to reject hate as who gathered earlier in the day to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of the American Nazi Party's founder.

    "My cousins, second cousins, uncles and aunts went to concentration camps and died," Arlington resident Renee Gorsky said.

    She attended the rally to honor her family. Her parents fled Germany for Brazil before the Holocaust. Gorsky said she spoke with her parents on Friday.

    Arlington Nazi Leader Assassinated 50 Years Ago Today

    [DC] Arlington Nazi Leader Assassinated 50 Years Ago Today

    On Aug. 25, 1967, George Lincoln Rockwell, who founded the American Nazi Party and coined the term "white power," was assassinated in Arlington. Mark Segraves spoke to Pat Collins, who got a tip about the shooting when he worked at the Washington Daily News.

    (Published Friday, Aug. 25, 2017)

    "I showed them the picture of the Nazis here on Dominion Hills on my iPhone, through Skype, and my father became so distraught," she said as a crowd sang "God Bless America."

    The rally was organized online within hours. Residents brought their children and held signs that they made.

    George Lincoln Rockwell was shot by a former member of his group as he left a laundromat in the shopping center on Aug. 25, 1967. A photo that circulated online on Friday shows five men and a woman giving Nazi salutes as they face a flag with a swastika.

    Neo-Nazis Honor Founder of American Nazi Party in Arlington

    [DC] Neo-Nazis Honor Founder of American Nazi Party in Arlington

    A small group of neo-Nazis honored George Lincoln Rockwell in Arlington. Mark Segraves reports on how he founded the American Nazi Party there before he was killed in 1967.

    (Published Friday, Aug. 25, 2017)

    Arlington residents said they were horrified.

    "To see the Nazi flag in our neighborhood raised was really disturbing," one woman said.

    Many people who attended the rally said they were aware of the history of the shopping center -- which now has a pizzeria and a pet salon -- but it's Nazi history had no modern relevance to them, until now.