“We were teenage Nazis… then we discovered marijuana”:
At 13 and cute as candy, twins Lynx and Lamb Gaede could have passed for any other teenagers with dreams of pop stardom.
Apart, that is, from their songs about white supremacy and smiley-faced Hitler T-shirts.
In 2005 the Mirror revealed how the blonde-haired, blue-eyed, all-American sisters formed a band called Prussian Blue – named after a by-product of the poison used to gas millions of Jews during the Holocaust.
Schooled in bile and racist lies by their warped mother and grandfather, these children of hate were cheered by right wing fanatics as they belted out tunes such as Aryan Man Awake and gave Nazi salutes on stage.
But seven years on it seems the Sieg Heil sisters have had a radical change of heart – and are now singing a different tune.
They appear to have turned from fascist, anti-immigration hate-mongers into laid-back liberals celebrating the joys of ethnic diversity and spreading a message of peace and love.
After escaping the all-controlling clutches of their mother, April, and battling serious health problems, Lynx and Lamb, now 20, say they have swapped their Hitler youth for a happy hippy lifestyle.
And, like so many other pop star transformations, the Gaede twins appear to have been helped along their journey of “enlightenment” by smoking a lot of marijuana.
“My sister and I are pretty liberal now,” Lamb revealed in a recent US TV interview.
“Yeah,” chipped in Lynx, languidly flicking her long blonde hair.
“I think it’s amazing, and it makes me proud of humanity every day that we have so many different places and people.
“I’m glad we were in a band, but I think we should have been pushed toward something a little more mainstream and easier for us to handle than being front-men for a belief system that we didn’t even completely understand at that time.
“We were little kids.”
As the Mirror revealed in 2005 the girls grew up in a real red-neck community in Bakersfield, California, and were immersed in far-right ideology from birth.
Their Nazi-loving grandpa Bill Gaede, wore a swastika on his belt-buckle, had it painted on the side of the truck and even used it to brand his cattle.
His daughter, April, split from the girls’ father and insisted on educating the twins at home because mainstream schools “misrepresented history”.
Instead she instilled her own warped views, which the girls repeated parrot-fashion.
When she was 13, Lamb said: “We want to preserve our race.
“If you start mixing races it all becomes one big mess and we don’t want that.
“Adolf Hitler was a great man who was only trying to preserve his own race in his own country.”
And Lynx chipped in: “Lots of things were exaggerated about the Second World War.
“We don’t believe that six million Jews were executed. I mean, there were not even that many Jews alive then.
“We know there were concentration camps, but they had swimming pools and tennis courts there.
“That’s not how you would treat people if you were getting ready to kill them.”
And when they donated money to victims of Hurricane Katrina they insisted it should go to whites only.
They were soon reviled around the world.
TV investigator Louis Theroux famously featured them in a documentary about Nazis in 2007.
But the pressure of life in the spotlight began to take its toll.
At 15 Lynx was diagnosed with cancer and had a large tumour removed from her shoulder.
She also developed a rare condition called cyclic vomiting syndrome.
Lamb suffered from scoliosis of the spine and chronic back pain, which led to emotional problems.
After various drugs failed to help either of them they were both prescribed medical marijuana – and say it changed their lives.
Then, when the family moved to the more liberal state of Montana the girls went to school and began to lose faith in what their mum taught them.
Lynx, now a painter and furniture restorer, said: “My sister and I were home-schooled country bumpkins.
“We spent most of our days up on the hill playing with our goats. But, I have to say, marijuana saved my life.
“I’d probably be dead if I didn’t have it. It also rekindled the creative impulses I once channelled into my music.”
She wants to go to college and she and Lynx plan to campaign for the legalisation of marijuana across the US.
But despite their apparent change of heart the girls refuse to demonise their mother, April, who still holds her extreme views.
She is trying to create an “intentional” all-white community in her area called Pioneer Little Europe.
Lynx still lives at home with her mum and Lamb works as a hotel maid nearby.
But April insists her daughters are merely “going through a phase” and will soon return to their Nazi roots.
“They’re young,” she says. “They are saying what everyone wants to hear so they won’t be harassed anymore.”
Lamb admits she fears a backlash.
“There are dangerous people in white nationalism who would do awful things to people who they think betrayed the movement.”
So could this transformation be more tactical than heartfelt?
“We just want to come from a place of light and love,” says Lamb. “I think we’re meant to do something more.
“We’re healers. We just wanna exert the most love and positivity we can.”
So presumably they are no longer Holocaust deniers? Lynx hesitates.
“I think certain things happened. I think a lot of the stories got misconstrued.
“I mean, yeah, Hitler wasn’t the best, but Stalin wasn’t, Churchill wasn’t.”
“Yeah,” Lamb adds: “I just think everyone needs to frickin’ get over it!”
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