A onetime school friend of Britain's Nigel Farage says the former leader of Britain's anti-European Union U.K. Independence Party (UKIP) used to sing the neo-Nazi 'gas them all' with reference to the Jews, British media report on Friday.
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Farage stepped down in July citing the pro-Brexit vote's fulfillment of his main political goal, though there were reports at the time that he faced assassination threats.
In a public letter published in The Independent, the former mate writes anonymously, citing family concerns:
"At school, at Dulwich College in the late Seventies, we were close friends in our teenage years. I stayed at your house once – your mother did do a fantastic great British breakfast for us.
"I now wonder if there is a connection between you at 16 and you at 52. I don’t believe you have fascist sympathies now, but there are things that tell me your views might not have changed that much despite the many years," he writes.
The ex friend recalls Farage having been fond of his initials being the same as those of Britain's ultra-right National Front.
"I also remember something altogether more alarming: the songs you chanted at school," the letter says, quoting a teacher as having "mentioned reports of you singing Hitler Youth songs, and when you were confronted by that, you denied it."
"But I do remember you singing the song starting with the words 'gas them all, gas ‘em all, gas them all'. I can’t forget the words," the letter adds.
Farage reacted to similar accusations in 2013 when a letter resurfaced in which a teacher, Chloe Deakin of Dulwich, wrote similar things about Farage.
“I don't know any Hitler youth songs, in English or German . Any accusation I was ever involved in far right politics is utterly untrue," Farage replied.
“Of course I said some ridiculous things, not necessarily racist things. It depends how you define it.”
Other former pupils told Britain;s Channel 4 in 2013 they saw Farage’s views as “merely Thatcherite." Another told The Independent that Farage had been a target for leftist teachers because they felt embarrassed by him in pupil-staff debates.