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June 30, 1978 - Image 36

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-06-30

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36' Friday, Me 30, 19711

Nazis Jeered in Chicago, Skokie Jewish Community Relieved'

CHICAGO (JTA) —
Shielded from an angry
crowd of several thousand
counter-demonstrators by
some 900 Chicago police,
Nazi leader Frank Collin,
late Saturday afternoon, led
a group of about 20 Nazis in
a "victory rally" in front of
the Kluczynski Federal
Building in the heart of
downtown Chicago.
Wearing storm trooper
uniforms and holding
wooden shields, the Nazis
stood expressionless while
onlookers shouting "kill the
Nazis," pelted them with
rocks, eggs, bottles and
other debris. Their words
inaudible over the chants of
the crowd, the Nazis, after
10 minutes, clicked their
heels, raised their arms in
the Hitler salute, shouted
"sieg heil" and marched
back into the building.
The Nazis dubbed their
appearance a "victory rally"
because of a ruling last

week by Federal Judge
George Leighton dismissing
a requirement of the
Chicago Park District for_
posting a bond by the Nazis
for permission to march in
Marquette Park. The Nazis
cancelled their march in the
heavily-Jewish populated
suburb of Skokie scheduled
for Suilday and said they
would march in the racially
volatile Marquette Park
district July 9.
Their rally Saturday
was delayed for 40 mi-
nutes while Chicago
Police Superintendent
James O'Grady tried to
convince the Nazis to call
it off because he could
not guarantee their phys-
ical safety. The Nazis re-
fused and at about 6 p.m.
they were escorted from
the building by a heavy
cordon of police.
Earlier, the Nazis were
secretly brought to the fed-
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truck which was seen by the
counter-demonstrators but
did not arouse their suspi-
cions.
Asked if it was approp-
riate to use a government
vehicle for that purpose, a
police officer admitted the
action was "questionable"
but, he added, "It worked."

In Skokie, hundreds of
Jews from across the coun-
try held a solemn memorial
service for -Holocaust vic-
tims.

Jewish community lead-
ers, who admitted to being
"emotionally drained" by
the events of the past few
weeks, expressed relief that
Skokie residents were
spared the trauma of reliv-
ing a horrible past.
Sol Goldstein,- a
member of the Political
Actions Committee of the

•• •

Nazi Protests Are Violent,
Peaceful in the Detroit Area

In the Detroit area, Nazi
protests ranged from vio-
lent to non-violent over the
weekend.
A woman demonstrator
was clubbed by two Detroit
policemen on Sunday dur-
ing a sometimes violent pro-
test outside the Nazi
bookstore on Fenkell. More
than 10 persons were ar-
rested during the demonst-
ration and two more taken
into custody later during a
protest at the 16th Precinct
police station.
Sam Yarsike witnessed
the woman being hit by
police officers and said it
was an unprovoked attack
"by two officers who used
Nazi tactics" in breaking
protestors' signs and strik-
ing the woman when she
protested.
Yarsike said he ob-
tained the officers' badge
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Chicago Jewish United
Fund (JUF) that helped
organize the intended
counter-demonstration
against the Nazis, said
that it was the determina-
tion of those thousands of
people to confront the
Nazis which scared them
off.
He said that "Skokie
served as an example to the
whole world that you don't
have to hide, you have to re-
sist. You have to come out
and speak up," he said.
Some 500-1,000 persons
attended a "Rally for Free-
dom" in New York on Sun-
day to protest the Nazis.
In related develop-
ments, Theodore R.
Mann, chairman of the
National Jewish Com-
munity Relations Advis-
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and said charges would
be filed against them-
He blamed the violence of
the demonstration on
youngsters who began
throwing rocks and debris
at the bookstore.
The Jewish Community
Council of Metropolitan De-
troit has protested to
WWJ-TV its June 22 news
coverage of the bookstore.
Council President John
H. Shepherd said the two
minutes of coverage was out
of proportion to the impor-
tance of the story and gave
Nazi leader Bill Russell a
public platform.
Shepherd also pro-
tested a "lighthearted
moment" broadcast as
part of the coverage. He
said, "By showing the
Nazis engaged in casual,
lighthearted conversa-
tion with your reporter,
News 4 unwittingly con-
veyed the message that
Russell and his group are
friendly, harmless people
— which they are not."
In Ann Arbor on Sunday
and Monday, the Interfaith
Council for Peace, the Divi-
sion of Mission of Memorial
Christian Church and
Clergy Working for Social
Justice sponsored a drive to
wear yellow Stars of David
in protest against "the ris-
ing tide of anti-Semitism,
racism and the persecution
of minorities."

••



Arabs Hit Nazis

WASHINGTON (JTA) —

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The National Association of
Arab Americans, the
largest group of Americans
of Arab origin in the United
States, has informed the
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
in a mailgram that it "joins
other concerned Americans
in opposing the Nazi march
in Skokie."
The mailgram, signed by
Hisham Sharbi, the NAAA
president, said the march is
"a deliberate provocation by
an anti-Semitic group in a
community whose members
have suffered too much."
The mailgram was dated be-
fore the Nazis called off
their march.

cellation of the Nazi
march in Skokie. Mann
said, "The important les-
son of Skokie is that the
Jewish survivors of the
Nazi death camps found
that they were not alone
as they were 40 years
ago."
In New Haven, Conn., the
Community Relations
Committee of the New
Haven Jewish Federation
and the New Haven Board
of Rabbis, sponsored a 15-

minute silent vigil in sup-
port of the principles of
democracy and in opposi-
tion to Nazi totalitarianism.

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