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Review: HBO Documentary “Shouting Fire”

Atlanta Mike Pix_Press_Club_189_-_Version_2Skokie, Illinois in the mid-to-late 1970s was a northwest Chicago suburb where nothing much ever seemed to happen. It was fairly typical in most regards with small frame homes in neat little rows on well kept streets.  Good jobs, good schools, and by some stretch of thought, fairly vanilla.

Then the neo-Nazis announced they were coming to town.

Skokie, Illinois to Frank Collin and his neo-Nazi National Socialist Party of America was “Jew Town.”  In fact, some estimates suggest one-in-six of all Skokie citizens were Holocaust camp survivors or related to survivors. They were raising families in a suburb that suddenly found itself catapulted into national headlines and a free speech constitutional debate that it never sought. Continue reading

June 30, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment