Produced by the Illinois Holocaust Museum, Skokie: Invaded But Not Conquered examines the personalities and issues connected to the attempted neo-Nazi march in the late 1970s. The film, airing on KUED Monday, April 28 at 9:00 p.m., makes extensive use of archival footage and contemporary interviews to reveal how a debate over First Amendment rights inspired Holocaust survivors to become activities, and the ACLU to ardently defend the National Socialist Party of America’s right to hold an anti-Semitic demonstration.
The enlightening documentary recounts the embattled town of Skokie, Illinois, home to over 7,000 Holocaust refugees, and the incident that launched its residents into the national spotlight. In 1977, the National Socialist Party of America, a neo-Nazi political party announced that it planned to hold a rally, and a march in the small town of Skokie. When the NSPA was denied a permit for its event, the ACLU sent a lawyer to defend the First Amendment rights of the group. The event is remembered by its precedent-setting Supreme Court case, "The National Socialist Party of America v. Village of Skokie."
The case led the Holocaust survivors of Skokie to share their collective and individual histories that led to the creation of the Illinois Holocast Museum.