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September 21, 1990 - Image 160

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-09-21

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Vancouver, Canada (JTA)
— Neo-Nazi skinheads
scuffled last week with
members of the Jewish
Defense League of Canada
and assaulted reporters dur-
ing a white supremacist
"Aryan Fest" at a farm some
279 miles northeast of
Calgary, Alberta, near the
Saskatchewan border.
Some of the racist shaven-
headed youth wore jackboots
and swastika armbands and
carried guns.
The Royal Canadian
Mounted Police, who had de-
scribed the event as
peaceful, nevertheless have
filed charges against mem-
bers of the racist group for
theft and pointing firearms
at members of the media and
the anti-Semitic group.
The reporters were cover-
ing the annual racist gather-
ing sponsored by Terry
Long, leader of the Canadian
Aryan Nation, and members
of the Church of Jesus Christ
Aryan, a camp of barbed
wire and watchtowers which
is headquartered in
Caroline, Alberta.
The "fest," which was held
near the Alberta town of
Provost, also attracted dele-
gates from Utah and Mon-
tana.
The Jewish communities
of Calgary and Edmonton,
both in Alberta province, did
not organize counterdemon-
strations because the gather-
ing took place on Shabbat.

About a dozen people pro-
tested the gathered Nazis,
who sang Nazi songs,
chanted "Sieg Heil" and
shouted, "Next time 12 mill-
ion," in reference to the 6
million Jews killed in the
Shoah.
Among the protesters were
three members of the JDL,
represented by Harvey
Kane, its national executive
director in Canada, David
Strauss and Sigmund
Sobolewski, a non-Jewish
Auschwitz survivor who
came with the JDL group.
According to Sheldon
Alberts, a reporter for the
Calgary Herald, "There
were about seven or eight
armed men at the gate en-
trance to the farm owned by
Ray Bradley. Several were
wearing Nazi uniforms with
swastikas, others were in
jeans."
Mr. Alberts reported that
"the words got pretty heavy
between Mr. Kane and the
skinheads. They taunted the
protesters with 'You surviv-

ed the Holocaust, see if you
can survive me,' and 'why
don't you come closer?'
"The JDL moved closer
and the Nazis pushed them
and some reporters away,"
Mr. Albert continued.
At that point, Aryan
Nations leader Long ap-
peared and challenged Mr.
Kane to a public debate
about the validity of the
Holocaust.
"So at the same time there
were skinheads with
swastikas saying, 'we didn't
get rid of all of you,' Terry
Long was saying 'it never
happened,' " Mr. Alberts
noted.
Brad Clark, a freelance
reporter for the Alberta
Report, was grabbed from

The reporters were
covering the
annual racist
gathering
sponsored by Terry
Long, leader of the
Canadian Aryan
Nation.

behind by some Nazis and
held at gunpoint while the
film was removed from his
camera and the tape from
his recorder.
Mr. Kane was roughed up
trying to help him.
According to Mr.
SoboleWski, 67, a Catholic
who was in Auschwitz for
five years and bears an
Auschwitz number tattooed
on his arm, the Nazis ranged
from 16 to 30 in age.
Mr. Sobolewski, who is co-
ordinator of the Auschwitz
Awareness Society and a
member of the Canadian
Council of Christians and
Jews, said that when he and
Mr. Strauss went to a local
newspaper for an interview
later, they were followed by
a carful of skinheads who
blocked their car.
"We finally called the
RCMP, who came and chas-
ed them away so that we
could leave town," he said.
But according to Mr.
Alberts' account, there was
no police presence at the
gathering.
He reported that at night,
they burned a cross while
about 30 men circled it and
gave the Nazi salute. Mr.
Alberts said he counted four
wearing Klan-like white
robes.

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