National Socialist Party vs. Skokie: Supporting provocative protest

By Rebekah Alvey and Emma Austin, F/G Scholars

Fleischaker Greene LogoIn 1977, the population of Skokie, Illinois, was over half Jewish. When leader of the National Socialist “Nazi” Party of America Frank Collin informed the Skokie police chief the party was planning a march in the village, the news traveled fast.

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Nazis march through Skokie, Illinois in 1977 (Courtesy WorldChannel.org)

Nazi party members allegedly made phone calls to some of the town’s residents whose names sounded Jewish, and media coverage made the plans common knowledge around Skokie. The demonstrators said they would cooperate with reasonable police instructions and would not make derogatory public statements. An anti-protest was planned, and police were warned it may not be contained. Continue reading National Socialist Party vs. Skokie: Supporting provocative protest