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November 20, 1987 - Image 64

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-11-20

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Chicago ADL director Michael Kotzin takes a statement from Rabbi Victor
Weissberg.

Vandals Reenact Nazis'
Kristallnacht In Chicago

body, bandages on one hand
and membership cards to two
Special to the Jewish News
neo-Nazi organizations in his
wallet. Police, however, are
n Nov. 9, 1938, the
convinced that several others
Jews of Germany
were also involved in the
were subjected to a
vandalism.
night of random terror as rov-
The suspect arrested in
ing bands of Nazi thugs
Chicago is a member of the
spread through the streets of
Chicago branch of Detroit's
Jewish neighborhoods, van-
SS Action Group. The
dalizing synagogues and
organization was responsible
Jewish businesses.
for demonstrations in the ear-
On Nov. 9, 1987, the Jews of
ly 1980s at the Detroit Jewish
Chicago found out how that
community's Israel In-
felt.
dependence Day celebrations
The name given to the ac-
at the Southfield Civic Center
tions of 49 years ago was
and the Jewish Community
Kristallnacht, the night of
Center in West Bloomfield.
the broken glass, because on
They also tried to demon-
the night of Nov. 9-10, the -
strate in Oak Park's
windows of more than 7,500
Shepherd Park at one of the
Jewish-owned stores were
summer Yiddish concerts.
smashed.
Last May, the SS Action
According to Chicago police,
Group was escorted out of Bir-
sometime between 1 and 4
mingham after trying to
a.m. Tuesday morning Nov.
stage a Saturday rally. Fif-
10, vandals attacked three
teen minutes later, the group
synagogues and four Jewish
was arrested in Royal Oak for
shops in the heavily Jewish
trying to stage a parade
neighborhood of West Rogers
without a permit. The suspect
Park.
in last week's Chicago inci-
The attack followed by five
dent was among those ar-
months the vandalism to a
rested in May in Royal Oak.
newly-erected Holocaust
Speculation has centered on
memorial in the nearby
members of a neo-Nazi group
Chicago suburb of Skokie,
called the Skinheads. In a
home to more than 7,000
report issued by the Anti-
Holocaust survivors. Less
Defamation League of B'nai
than 12 hours after the
B'rith, Skinheads are describ-
memorial was dedicated, van-
ed as gangs of shaven-headed
dals also working in the mid-
youths wearing neo-Nazi in-
dle of the night, covered it
signias and preaching
with swastikas. Police have
violence against Jews, blacks
still not charged anyone in
and other minorities.
that incident.
According to the ADL,
Police over the weekend,
Skinheads have attacked in-
however, did charge one man
dividuals and engaged in van-
in connection with the
dalism in cities including
Kristallnacht attacks. Police
Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas,
arrested 22-year-old William
Detroit, San Jose and Tampa.
Leinberger when they went to
While their number is be-
question him and found him
lieved to be small — several
with swastika tattoos on his

JOSEPH AARON

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