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Skokie's Attempted Nazi March Archive

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  1. 2d suit to block Nazis from Skokie march fails
    Illinois Supreme Court orders the Cook County Circuit Court to dismiss a suit by survivors of the World War II holocaust who sought to prevent a National Socialist Party of America (Nazi) march in Skokie.

  2. 3 Nazis lobby on march bills
    Representatives of the National Socialist White People's Party of America lobby the Illinois General Assembly to prevent the passage of bills introduced by the Senate Judiciary Committee aimed at preventing a demonstration by the National Socialist Party of America (Nazis) in Skokie.

  3. 'Giraffe society' award given to David Goldberger
    Award is given to David Goldberger, the legal director of the Illinois branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Includes photograph of David Goldberger.

  4. 'Nazis must never come...'; Skokie president vows to fight-in court
    Albert J. Smith, mayor of Skokie, will fight an attempt by a group of neo-Nazis (National Socialist Party of America) to hold a rally in the Village.

  5. 'Skokie' gets mixed review
    Three Skokie Village trustees give their opinions on the made-for-television move "Skokie."

  6. 'Skokie' is featured in TV Guide
    The making of the made-for-television movie "Skokie" is featured in TV Guide Magazine.

  7. 'Skokie' lessons
    Letter to the editor describing lessons of the made-for-television movie "Skokie."

  8. 'Skokie' movie to air Oct. 13
    Made-for-television movie, "Skokie," is scheduled to broadcast on October 13, 1981.

  9. 'Skokie' screens out the emotion
    Review of made-for-television movie "Skokie" about the National Socialist Party of America's (Nazi's) attempt to demonstrate in Skokie in 1977 and 1978. Includes photograph of Danny Kaye.

  10. 'Sponsor' the Nazis
    Letter to the editor regarding the planned National Socialist Party of America (Nazi) march in Skokie on Jun 25, 1978.

  11. "Skokie", CBS Channel 2 - 7:00PM, Nov. 17, 1981 Handout
    This handout is in regards to the TV movie "Skokie". Included on the handout are an introduction; the historical events relating to Skokie and the proposed march by the National Socialist (Nazi) Party; a summary of the TV movie; a disscussion of First Amendment issues; and questions related to the movie and moral and political issues.

  12. A belated thank you for keeping Nazis out
    Skokie resident thanks those who prevented the National Socialist Party of America (Nazis) from marching and praises the movie "Skokie."

  13. ACLU blasts new anti-Nazi ordinances
    An American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) official criticizes 3 ordinances, which would prevent the National Socialist Party of America (Nazis) from demonstrating in the Skokie, adopted by the Skokie Village board and predicts that they will be revised.

  14. ACLU fund situation improves
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sends out emergency fundraising letters following drop in contributions.

  15. ACLU granted appeal on swastika ruling
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) asks the Illinois Supreme Court to stay the injunction that prohibits the National Socialist Party of America (Nazi) from displaying the swastika in Skokie.

  16. ACLU may fight proposed march laws
    The ACLU believes that two bills pending in the Illinois senate are unconstitutional. The bills are designed to stop a planned Nazi march in Skokie.

  17. ACLU weathers storm of abuse
    American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) receives complaints and resignations from members opposed to their defense of the National Socialist Party of America's (Nazi's) right to march in Skokie.

  18. ACLU will fight swastika decision
    American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) appeals ban on swastikas.

  19. ACLU, Nazis challenge anti-march ordinances
    American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) files suit against Skokie.

  20. Acting...the thrill of it all...and some of its pains
    An extra from the made-for-television movie "Skokie" recounts her experiences during its filming.

  21. After new setback: Skokie mulling Nazi appeal
    The Illinois Supreme Court overturns an injunction that banned a proposed Nazi (National Socialist Party of America) march. Skokie officials are waiting for a federal court ruling before deciding whether to appeal the decision.

  22. An alternative to Skokie
    Editorial suggests that a counterdemonstration to the National Socialist Party of America (Nazi) march be held on State Street in Chicago, not in the streets of Skokie.

  23. Announce crowd control plans : Smith answers JDL charge
    Jacob Berg, of the Illinios Jewish Defense League (JDL), accuses Al Smith and other Skokie village officials of "giving up" on the fight against a proposed march by the National Socialist Party of America (Nazis). Skokie's plans for Nazi demonstration and JDL's counterdemonstration are described.

  24. Another side of the Nazi rights issue
    Editorial on conflict over First Amendment rights of the National Socialist Party of America (Nazis) between the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Anti Defamation League (ADL). Presents statements from ADL leader Abbot Rosen. Includes photograph of Abbot Rosen.

  25. Anti-Defamation League responds : Await further court decisions in Skokie Nazi march issue
    Local Jewish groups are awaiting further court decisions on the National Socialist Party of America's plans to hold a march in Skokie. The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that the Nazis do have the right to display swastikas if they do march in Skokie.

  26. Anti-Nazi coalition forming : March threat still looms
    Frank Collin announces that the National Socialist Party of America (Nazis) will demonstrate in Skokie if the Chicago Park District refuses his request to demonstrate in Marquette Park. Those opposed to the march speak out at a prayer service commemorating victims of the World War II Holocaust.

  27. Anti-Nazi groups hedge on march plans
    Coalition of civil rights, religious, and community groups condemn Nazism but cannot agree on whether to counterdemonstrate at a National Socialist Party of America (Nazi) rally scheduled at Marquette Park in Chicago.

  28. Appeals court ruling on Nazi march soon
    The U.S. Court of Appeals is expected to rule in April on a suit which challenges the constitutionality of three Skokie ordinances designed to keep the National Socialist Party of America (Nazis) from marching.

  29. As Nazi demonstration approaches : March hinges on Marquette deal
    Richard Tedor, spokesman for the National Socialist Party of America (Nazis), states that his group will march in Skokie if they are not given permission to demonstrate in Marquette Park in Chicago. Relevant court cases are described.

  30. Berger lauds anti-Nazi fight
    The Democratic candidate for state senator, Samuel Berger, praises Skokie's efforts to prevent a National Socialist Party of America (Nazi) march.

  31. Black Lawsuit leads to wild board meeting
    Louis Black presents another tactic for preventing a National Socialist Party of America (Nazi) march in Skokie.

  32. Block Nazi march until plea: Skokie
    Skokie officials ask the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to block a planned National Socialist Party of America (Nazi) march in the Village on June 25, 1978.

  33. Board Meeting, April 17, 1978, Announcement: President Albert J. Smith.
    The Board of Trustees passes a resolution to thank the Interfaith Counsel for organizing an Interfaith meeting held at Niles West High School attended by "thousands of people" on April 16, 1978.

  34. Board Meeting, April 25, 1977, Citizens' Comments: Bruce Adelman, Harvey Schwartz.
    Bruce Adelman asks if a recent ruling regarding a neo-Nazi march in Marquette park has relevance to the Skokie case. Harvey Schwartz states that he is "painfully aware" of the community's desires and of the relevant court cases. He says, "This government [Skokie] will act in accordance with the best interests of the citizens of this community, taking into consideration all that is being said here tonight and that has been said in the past."

  35. Board Meeting, April 25, 1977, Citizens' Comments: Harold Zissman (part four).
    Harold Zissman, a Nazi Holocaust survivor adds to Ted Frosch's comments in part three of the April 25, 1977 Board Meeting.

  36. Board Meeting, April 25, 1977, Citizens' Comments: Harvey Schwartz (part two).
    Harvey Schwartz responds to the Ted Frosch's reading of the Illinois Senate resolution nd explains that the Village Board of Trustees will take appropriate action to try to prevent the Nazi march in the Village. He also states that the Board prefers to not make public its plans regarding its efforts.

  37. Board Meeting, April 25, 1977, Citizens' Comments: Leo Schneiderman.
    Leo Schneiderman says that if the community ignores the Nazis, they will eventually ignore the law. He says, "We are [a] special breed of people, people who went through unbelievable things... we cannot even explain our feelings right now... this thing should not happen in this Village... the thousands of people that might not be able to control themselves... we want to know what will be done."

  38. Board Meeting, April 25, 1977, Citizens' Comments: President Albert J. Smith.
    President Albert J. Smith gives an impassioned and sometimes difficult to discern speech stating that he would hope that after twelve years of serving the community of Skokie that he would "let no stone [go] unturned" in seeking possibilities to prevent the neo-Nazi demonstration in Skokie, that the Board of Trustees will support him, and that he was elected to uphold the law. He asserts his support of Israel.

    Smith says, "We're not going to tell anyone our game plan, because that would be foolish. We're not going to tell anyone--even our own people. Because somewhere, somehow, that game plan might get back to these people. But if you know me at all...you have to know that I will do everything in my power to protect the rights, the dignity of our community here in Skokie... [and that the Village government] will be doing everything within our power to protect your best interests."

  39. Board Meeting, April 25, 1977, Citizens' Comments: President of Temple Judea
    The President of Temple Judea commends Harvey Schwartz for his presentation at "the meeting the other night" was exemplary and he expresses confidence in the Village Board of Trustees. He goes on to say that the group that is coming to march is a "defunct organization" and that because the U.S. government never came to an agreement with the Nazis following the war, they "represent the enemy" and that this might be useful in taking action against the group.

  40. Board Meeting, April 25, 1977, Citizens' Comments: Ted Frosch (part one).
    Ted Frosch reads State Senator John Nimrod (R-4th) and State Senator Howard Carroll's (D-15th) Illinois Senate resolution opposing the neo-Nazi group, headed by Frank Collin, demonstrating in Skokie. Corporation Counsel Harvey Schwartz responds to Frosch in part two of the April 25, 1977 Board Meeting.

  41. Board Meeting, April 25, 1977, Citizens' Comments: Ted Frosch and Harvey Schwartz (part three).
    Ted Frosch requests that Village Corporation Counsel Harvey Schwartz meet with the Jewish community in Skokie to discuss the Village Board of Trustees plans.

    Frosch goes on to say that, "there is [sic] thousands of Jewish survivors of the Nazi Holocaust living here in Skokie and suburbs. We expect to show up at the Village Hall and tear these people apart if it is necessary...We cannot let it happen again."

    Harvey Schwartz responds that the Village leaders have met with not only Jewish leaders in the community, but other non-Jewish community members as well. Frosch presses for another meeting and Schwartz agrees to arrange a meeting.

  42. Board Meeting, April 25, 1977, Citizens' Comments: Unidentified resident of Lincolnwood.
    An unidentified woman from Lincolnwood, possiblyFay Waldman, expresses concern about the Nazi march and says, "We might be the ones who break the law, we might be the ones who will not be able to behave." She reiterates this concern and says that she is trying to prevent her children from having to go through what she went through. She appeals to the Village officials to do something to prevent the march so that she, and others like her, will not be compelled to break the law.

  43. Board Meeting, August 1, 1977, Citizens' Comments: Janice Weinman.
    Janice Weinman commends the Village Board of Trustees and proposes that they contact the Chicago City Counsel to see if they can join forces in shutting down the Nazi headquarters. She goes on to speak about the experiences of Holocaust survivors and encourages the Board to encourage other communities to pass ordinances to prevent Nazis from spreading hatred and destruction. She suggests specific efforts that could be made by individual community organizations, including the Art Council and the Library, to help to strengthen the community and combat the Nazis. She says, "The motto, 'Village of Vision' is a constant challenge. This Board and the people of Skokie are facing a greater social challenge than we have seen before. With your leadership, we can mobilize our community in creative ways, acquiring knowledge of history and each other that would strengthen our social fabric so that the Nazis can never penetrate it."

  44. Board Meeting, August 8, 1977, Report of the Corporation Counsel: Harvey Schwartz.
    Corporation Counsel Harvey Schwartz updates citizens and Board of Trustees on Collin vs. Skokie. Schwartz answers questions from the Board of Trustees.

  45. Board Meeting, July 5, 1977, Citizens' Comments: Ben Green.
    Skokie resident Ben Green states that doesn't agree with the ACLU's position in defending the Nazis and goes on to commend the Village for passing the ordinances preventing the Nazis from coming to Skokie. He suggests that an exploratory committee is appointed to determine how to best combat Nazism, not just in Skokie, but regionally, as well. He concludes, "Our kids should understand that there is a great difference between the march of Martin Luther King who marched for democracy and against racism and in favor of our Constitution and the march of the Nazis who want to spread racism and hatred and against our Constitution."

  46. Board Meeting, July 5, 1977, Citizens' Comments: Ruth Schaffner.
    Ruth Schaffner praises the Village Trustees for preventing the Nazis from marching in Skokie. "It is not a matter of free speech. It is a matter of marching in Nazi uniforms with swastikas and spreading hate amongst our community." She urges members of the community to demonstrate peacefully against Nazism and hatred. She goes on to say, that this, "is not an attack on Jews only, it is an attack on the existence all minorities in Skokie, in Illinois, and in our United States of America."

  47. Board Meeting, July 5, 1977, Citizens' Comments: Trustee Morris Topol.
    Trustee Morris Topol responds to the citizen's comments.

  48. Board Meeting, June 12, 1978, Citizens' Comments: Corporation Counsel Harvey Schwartz.
    Corporation Counsel, Harvey Schwartz, responds to Father Galaty's concerns and explains why the representatives of the Village Board chose the location and dates that had been selected. He asks that the Board not act on the request of the Niles Township Clergy Forum to prevent a demonstration on a Sunday.

  49. Board Meeting, June 12, 1978, Citizens' Comments: Father William Galaty.
    Father William Galaty, rector of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, speaks as a representative of the Niles Township Clergy Forum. He is concerned that the rescheduling of the Nazi march to a Sunday will "seriously impair" the abilities of churchgoers to attend Sunday services. He submits a petition to the Village Board.

  50. Board Meeting, June 12, 1978, Citizens' Comments: Mr. Pearl.
    Mr. Pearl [first name unknown], who lives near Village Hall, is "interested in the use of the words 'tactical' and 'strategic' situation as used by Mr. Schwartz." Please note: Mr. Pearl's statement is cut off because the tape on which this meeting was originally recorded ran out.

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