Incident Summary:

05/12/1980: In Mineola, New York, in the United States, a gasoline firebomb exploded on the curb outside the home of accused Nazi war criminal, Boleslavs Maikovskis. The explosion did not cause any damage or injuries. The bombing was claimed by a male caller in a telephone call to the Associated Press in New York City. The caller is believed to have been a member of the Jewish Defense League (JDL) because he ended the call with JDL's slogan "never again." The bomb was meant for Maikovskis, who had been fighting deportation attempts by the U.S. after he was convicted in a Soviet Court, for the murder of Jewish children during World War II.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York


Location Details:
on curb in front of residence

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Boleslavs Maikovskis, accused Nazi war criminal
Nationality of Target Soviet Union
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jewish Defense League (JDL) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"The Region: Bomb Misses Home of Accused Nazi," New York Times, May 12, 1980.
Christopher Hewitt, "Political Violence and Terrorism in Modern America: A Chronology," Praeger Security International, 2005.