Glimmerveen first came to prominence as a member of Noordbond, a national socialist group with links to Colin Jordan in the United Kingdom. From there he joined the Nederlandse Volksunie (English: Dutch Peoples-Union, abbr. NVU) in 1971 not long after its foundation. He became the new group's propaganda chief and sought to make inroads in Rotterdam following a series of race riots in the city. In 1974 he was a candidate for the party in The Hague and ran a high profile campaign against immigration from the Dutch West Indies to the city. With this campaign he captured 4,000 votes, just missing a seat on the council and was chosen as leader of the NVU later in the year. Under his leadership the group became more national socialist in appearance and ideology.
Although the party initially looked poised to make a breakthrough their comparatively high profile was not to last. A series of damaging court cases and attempts to ban the party saw their fortunes fade dramatically and Glimmerveen resigned as leader in 1981. He initially left politics as a whole but returned to the NVU around 1983 to again take a central role in the organization.
He retired not long afterwards although by the 1990s he was convinced to return again to the NVU by its then leaders. He helped the group build links with Belgian and German neo-National Socialist groups, although he fell out with the leadership and again quit the NVU in 2000.
He was convicted in 2003 of making pro-white speeches at a CP'86 rally seven years earlier and was sentenced to four months in prison. In 2007 Glimmerveen was one of a number of Dutch nationalists fined in Belgium for making the Hitler salute.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 R.J.B. Bosworth, The Oxford Handbook of Fascism, Oxford University Press, 2009, p. 462
- ↑ R.J.B. Bosworth, The Oxford Handbook of Fascism, Oxford University Press, 2009, p. 464
- ↑ R.J.B. Bosworth, The Oxford Handbook of Fascism, Oxford University Press, 2009, p. 466
- ↑ Fascist veteran on trial from Searchlight
- ↑ Dutch Hitler lookalike fined in Belgium for National Socialist salute