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March 17, 1978 - Image 25

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-03-17

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Demonstrators Stop St. Louis Nazi Parade

• ST. LOUIS (JTA) —Local
members of the National
Socialist Party of America
called off a march and rally
Saturday after they were
pelted with snowballs,
rocks, bottles and tomatoes
by angry spectators.
According to Norman
Stack, executive director of
the Jewish Community Re-
lations Council of St. Louis
(JCRC), hundreds of per-
sons lined the one-mile
route of the planned Nazi
march which was to be
through a shopping district
in a predominantly white
working class section.
The Nazis had planned to
march to Gravois Park and
hold a rally. They then
planned a convention which
would be open to anyone
who paid a $10 registration
fee.
But when the about 40
Nazis arrived aboard a
flatbed truck dressed. in
various colored Nazi un-
iforms and carrying signs
saying "White Power"
and shouting "sieg heil,"
the crowd began pelting
them, Stack said.
He said that among the
anti-Nazis present were 20
red-helmeted members of
the "Black and White De-
fense Committee," a
Trotskyite group from
Chicago, who shouted "We
hate Nazis."
Stack said he saw no signs
of the Jewish Defense
League but was told by the
police that some 20 JDL
members, mostly young
people 15-17 years old, had
come from out of town.
Also present was Bonnie
Pechter, the head of the
JDL, and her "security of-
ficer," Simon Greenstein.
The JDL was unsuccessful
in a last-minute effort to
secure an injunction to pre-
vent the parade.
Stack said the St. Louis
Jewish community sup-
ported the recommenda-
tion of the JCRC to
"quarantine" the march
and not attend.
Maj. Joseph Kraft, who
commanded the 175 police
officers assigned to the de-
monstration, said that the
decision by the Nazis to can-
cel their scheduled events
was made by the Nazis
themselves. There were
several arrests during scuf-
fles but no injuries.
At what was billed as a
national convention in St.
Louis, the Nazis claimed to
have "united" at the con-
vention under the banner of
the National Socialist Party
of America.
Frank Collin of Chicago
was chosen to lead the
Nazis.
The Nazis now plan to
hold a parade on April 20 in
the predominantly Jewish
Chicago suburb of Skokie,

march the Jewish groups in
a counter-demonstration if
the Nazis are permitted to
parade in Skokie.
Illinois Jewish leaders
are hoping to have 50,000
persons in Skokie for a
counter-demonstration and
the Jewish War Veterans of
the U.S. alerted all its units
to the possible demonstra-
tion.
Meanwhile, in New York,
Federal Judge Constance
Motley has ruled that Boles-
lays Maikovskis, a 73-
year-old retired carpenter
living in Mineola, N.Y.,
must testify at a deporta-
tion hearing in connection
with charges he concealed a
wartime record of atrocities
in his native Latvia when
he entered the United
States in 1951.
Judge Motley rejected
Maikovskis' argument he
could avoid giving tes-
timony by use of the Fifth
Amendment. She ruled
that deportation was not
a criminal liability which
would allow the privilege
against self-
incrimination.

In Albany, N.Y., Martin
Mendelsohn, the U.S. Im-
migration and Naturaliza-
tion Service's chief war
crimes prosecutor, said here
that there is a need for more
and better witnesses to Nazi
war crimes, and that he be-
lieves such witnesses are
living in the United States
today.
"There is a sufficient
number of survivor organi-
zations here to ferret out
these witnesses," he said,
"and we shouldn't have to
seek our witnesses from Is-
rael and other countries."
Mendelsohn spoke with
the Jewish Telgraphic
Agency while in Albany to
present the government's
case at the deportation
hearing of alleged Nazi war
criminal Vilis A. Hazners.
He took charge of a special
unit set up by the Immigra-
tion and Nationalization
Service (INS) in October to
work exclusively on hear-
ings concerning alleged
Nazi war criminals. He
heads a staff of five full-time
lawyers, and says that he
expects to have 20 hearings
underway by the end of this
year.
The INS currently has
169 investigations in
progress, according to
Mendelsohn, but not all
of the alleged war crimi-
nals are still living.
Appearing as a witness
this week was Mrs. Maria
Radiwker, a 72-year-old

Solar Power

WEST ORANGE, N.J.
(JTA) — Joel R. Jacobson,
commissioner of energy for
the state of New Jersey,
which last week awarded
Jewish groups are - 1,725 grants toward the in-
stallation of solar hot water
planning to appeal to the
heating systems in homes,
U.S. Supreme Court after
told a state American
the U.S. District Court in
Jewish Congress conven-
Illinois struck down sev-
tion that one of the aims of
eral Skokie Village
his forthcoming summer
statutes which had bar-
trip to Israel will be to
red the Nazi march.
gather information on solar
Illinois Governor James
energy technology.
Thompson has promised to

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this hearing last November. 1976.
Hazners is a native of
Latvia who 'served as a
military and police official
for the German Nazis dur-
ing World War II. He is ac-
cused by INS of having en-
tered the United States il-
legally in 1956, by failing to
declare his involvement in
atrocities against Latvian'
Jews.
If he had admitted these.-
alleged atrocities, he would
not have been eligible for
admission to the United
States. He is presently a
permanent resident alien
and has never applied for
U.S. citizenship.
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