NBC Evening News for Friday, Feb 17, 1978
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(Studio) Constitutional test involved in deciding if small group of Nazis from Chicago have right to march through heavily-Jewish Skokie, Illinois, is subject of report No. of Jews in Skokie who survived Hitler's concentration camps noted.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Skokie,Illinois) Details given with regard to small group of National Socialist Party mbrs., hdqtrd. in south Chicago. Leader is Frank Collin, son of Jewish father who survived Dachau. [COLLIN - tells group to try to kill anyone who tries to stop them. Thinks white Aryan race is only one in world able to make and maintain civilization.] Background of Collin's group attempting to demonstrate in Skokie, include attack of Nazis by Jewish group during demonstrations by both outside hall where Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal was speaking. Plans for demonstrations in Skokie and counterdemonstrations by Jews there noted. [WOMAN - shouts chant.] Lawsuit by holocaust survivor Sol Goldstein described. [GOLDSTEIN - says survivors won't forget and world must not forget, because it's threat to world.] Nazis' request that ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) representative them in court on freedom of speech grounds mentioned, as well as decision of ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) legal director David Goldberger, who is Jewish, to accept case. [GOLDBERGER - states ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) position in accepting case.] ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) mbrs.' reaction to Union's acceptance of case described, include that of Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith director Abbot Rosen. [ROSEN - states views with regard to difference in Nazi march in downtown Chicago and one in Jewish community like Skokie, as it relates to 1st amendment rights.] Decision with regard to Nazi rights rests with courts
REPORTER: John Dancy
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