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November 18, 1988 - Image 22

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-11-18

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year ago." In 1987 on the an-
niversary of Kristallnacht, a
neo-Nazi skinhead smashed
windows and painted
swastikas on 12 Jewish-
owned buildings in Chicago.
Clark Martel was convicted of
the vandalism spree "and has
become a two-bit hero in the
the hate movements," said
The skinheads are drop-out
youth with closely shaved
heads who see no future for
themselves in society, Loben-
thal said. He estimates 10-12
neo-Nazi skinheads are in the
Detroit area. They are
separate from, but related to,
the SS Action Group in Dear-
born Heights and Robert
Miles' white supremacy
groups based in Howell.
Some skinheads attended
the Aryan Nations' con-
ference in Idaho, but Loben-
thal does not believe local
representatives participated.
"They have confined
themselves to a variety of self-
deceptive bravadoes," Loben-
thal said, including a "mild
increase" in nuisance
telephone calls to Jewish in-
stitutions and the sending of
crank letters.
Skinhead groups are
reportedly forming in Grand
Rapids, Ann Arbor and
possibly Pontiac, Lobenthal
said, but there has been no in-
dication whether they might
unite. Less skinhead violence
has been reported in the
Detroit area than elsewhere
in the country.
"These are the most
alienated kids you can im-
agine. They have nothing to
lose. The only identity they
have is to be vicious and
mean," said Lobenthal.
The linkage of the incidents
to Kristallnacht was evident
at the daubing at Star
Delicatessen. Owner Sidney
Newman said under the
swastika the words "Crystal
Night 1938-1988" were spray
On Nov. 9, 1938, organized
Nazi mobs smashed windows
and the interiors of hundreds
of Jewish-owned businesses
and residences in Germany.
More than 200 synagogues
were damaged and, for the
first time, 30,000 Jews were
sent to concentration camps.
The local Anti-Defamation
League had sent a security
memo to Jewish organiza-
tions and institutions two
weeks ago advocating extra
security precautions on the
anniversary of Kristallnacht.
In observance of
Kristallnacht, both the
Jewish Vocational Service
and United Hebrew Schools
had left lights turned on in
their buildings.
The glass damage at JVS

was estimated at $1,500.
UHS spent $900 to repair its
three windows and is getting
estimates on Venetian blinds
damaged by the rocks.
Star Deli was unable to
remove the daubings from its
wall and had the brick re-
painted. The Nov. 9 incident
marks the first vandalism in

"These are the
most alienated
kids you can

the 18 years the deli has been
at its present site, Newman
Southfield police and ADL
officials would not release the
address of the home where
the car window was broken.
The car was parked in the
driveway when the incident
Lobenthal did not belittle
the four incidents, but he also
said the Jewish community
"does not want or need a for-
tress mentality."
"We have to balance the
costs of making everything
secure versus the damage."
The skinheads, he said, "don't
represent a threat to the
Jewish community. They are
more of a nuisance."
Nationally, ADL officials
are gathering data on the
number of incidents. In the
metropolitan New York area,
10 serious events were
reported. They ranged frdm
telephone threats to
synagogue vandalism, and
swastika daubings on Jewish
homes and businesses accor-
ding to Alan Schwartz, direc-
tor of research for ADL.



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situation with several Palesti-
nian supporters.
"This is very damaging,"
Margolis said of the
demonstration, adding that
"the other students are easi-
ly swayed" by it.
Margolis expressed concern
that Jewish students seemed
apathetic about the
demonstration. "It's just like
the Knesset. We try to get
them to participate but they
just say no."
Margolis said, "If we give
back the West Bank what is
left of Israel? Israel would be
cut in two and you would be
giving back the security of
"The Arabs will never set-
tle for just the West Bank and
Gaza. They'll never be

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