Skip To Content

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Fast Forward

Accused Canadian Neo-Nazi Soldier Who Went AWOL Was Smuggled Into U.S.

A disgraced Canadian soldier who went missing after being accused of being a recruiter for a neo-Nazi cell was smuggled into the United States and is being hidden by group members there, Vice reported Thursday.

Master Cpl. Patrik Mathews, an explosives expert, went missing in August after an undercover reporter with the Winnipeg Free Press exposed his work on behalf of the neo-Nazi group “The Base,” leading the Canadian military to begin the process of firing him. His abandoned car was found less than 10 miles from the American border.

Mathews has not been charged with any crimes, but the sheriff of the Minnesota county closest to the abandoned car issued a statement warning citizens not to approach him.

Base propaganda claims that they intend to start a “race war” leading to a white-only state. The group was believed to mostly limit their activities to cyberspace, but that appears to be changing. According to Vice, Mathews taught helped train around a dozen members at a combat training camp in Georgia this fall. And last month, the FBI arrested a New Jersey-based member of the group and accused him of recruiting volunteers to vandalize synagogues in Michigan and Wisconsin.

Aiden Pink is the deputy news editor of the Forward. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @aidenpink





    Hybrid: Online and at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

    Oct 2, 2022

    6:30 pm ET · 

    A Sukkah, IMKHA, created by artist Tobi Kahn, for the Marlene Meyerson JCC of Manhattan is an installation consisting of 13 interrelated sculpted painted wooden panels, constituting a single work of art. Join for a panel discussion with Rabbi Joanna Samuels, Chief Executive Director of the Marlene Meyerson JCC of Manhattan, Talya Zax, Innovation Editor of the Forward, and Tobi Kahn, Artist. Moderated by Mattie Kahn.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.