More than two dozen members of a militant Jewish group demonstrated yesterday outside an Upper West Side building demanding the eviction of a man they accuse of being a “Nazi.”
Michael Santomauro, who has lived in the West 72nd Street building for 25 years, preaches hate on his Web site and organized a neo-Nazi meeting across the street last June, claimed Jewish Defense Organization leader Mordechai Levy.
Santomauro, 50, said, “[The Nazi label] is totally inaccurate. Being anti-Israel does not mean being anti-Semitic.”
He first gained attention in 2003 when his room- mate-referral Web site sent out e-mails to its members questioning the Holocaust.
The JDO said his other Web site questions whether the “Holocaust story” is “kosher.”
One building resident said he’d innocently struck up a conversation with Santomauro about politics and “he offered me $5,000 if I could prove Anne Frank died in the gas chamber.”
Santomauro said the June meeting was attended by “historical revisionists” rather than Nazis.
Santomauro said yesterday’s rally made him the victim of “domestic terrorism” and called the JDO “the Jewish version of skinheads.”
He accused Levy — whose gunplay with a rival Jewish militant leader in 1989 led to a jail term for first-degree assault — of being violent and outside the Jewish mainstream.