AR Staff, American Renaissance, October 13, 2016
On May 21, 2013, a Frenchman virtually unknown outside of Europe suddenly burst into the consciousness of racially aware Americans. That day, Dominique Venner walked into the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris and shot himself in the head. As he explained in his suicide note, he took his own life as an act of sovereignty–of control over his own destiny–and in protest against what his beloved France had become: a husk of a once-great nation, whose rulers submitted to American dominance, celebrated a decades-long invasion by unassimilable foreigners.
In the years since this remarkable act, Venner’s many admirers have established the Iliad Institute in his memory. The institute’s purpose, in its own words, is to train young Europeans to “take pride in their origins, their roots–in a word, their identity–to forestall their exit from history and their ‘great replacement’ in the lands of their ancestors by people unlike themselves.” It works towards this goal primarily by means of intensive series of courses designed to reinforce the European identities of young men and women between the ages of 20 and 35. Every year, 20 to 30 promising young people take this training and go on to serve in the growing ranks of the French nationalist/identitarian movement.
This is the English version of a video the institute created to promote its vision of European identity.