A new local documentary that focuses on the attempted neo-Nazi March in Skokie in the late 1970s
Chicago broadcast premiere: Thursday, January 24 at 8:00 pm on WTTW
WTTW announces the Chicago broadcast premiere of the new 60-minute documentary SKOKIE: INVADED, BUT NOT CONQUERED. WTTW will air the program on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m., with a rebroadcast at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 27.
This new local program, produced by the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, examines the personalities and issues connected to the attempted neo-Nazi March in Skokie in the late 1970s. Written by Todd Whitman to coincide with the 35th anniversary of these events, the film makes extensive use of archival footage and contemporary interviews to reveal how a debate over First Amendment rights inspired Holocaust survivors to become activists, eventually leading to the creation of the Museum. Aaron Freeman hosts.
SKOKIE: INVADED, BUT NOT CONQUERED is the first creation of Skokie Productions, the film division of the Illinois Holocaust Museum. Skokie Productions will focus on the creation of films which align with the Museum's mission of fighting hatred, standing up to indifference, and promoting human rights.
The film will premiere at a special screening event at the Illinois Holocaust Museum on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 6:15 p.m. Following the screening, Chicago Tribune columnist Howard Reich will moderate a brief panel discussion including Executive Producers Rick Hirschhaut and Todd Whitman. This event is a Trib Nation Press Pass Event and is co-presented by the Illinois Holocaust Museum and the Chicago Tribune, with sponsorship provided by Michael and Andrea Rosengarden. Reservations required for attendance. Call 847.967.4881 or email SkokieFilm@ilhmec.org.
"Even for those who consider themselves familiar with the events of Skokie, this film reveals so much more to the story," said Rick Hirschhaut, Executive Director of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. "Above all, the courage and spirit of the survivors stands triumphant. Their dignified response to the threat of neo-Nazis in their community awoke the conscience of our nation to the sanctity of memory and the imperative of standing up to hate. A generation has come of age inspired by their poignant example of the best of humanity," he added.
The film's co-Executive Producer, Todd Whitman, said, "Many aren't aware that in 1977, quiet and peaceful Skokie, a haven for Holocaust survivors, was shaken to its core when a small group of neo-Nazis tried to march there. This attracted national and international attention, leading to landmark legal cases. It never ceases to amaze me when looking at the shocking scenes of overt racism demonstrated by the Chicago Nazi group, nearly ending in violent and tragic results."
"WTTW is proud to air an important film that sheds light on a significant event in local history," said Daniel Soles, WTTW's Chief Television Content Officer. "We hope our audiences will be inspired by this story of a town that banded together to stop a potential firestorm from happening in their community."
Executive producers of SKOKIE: INVADED, BUT NOT CONQUERED are Rick Hirschhaut and Todd Whitman, who also served as writer. Editors are Jeff Kreindel and Luke Hetherman. Graphics by Luke Hetherman. Music by Eric Jasper. Videography: Dustin Grove, Jeremy Johnson, and Daryl Lannert. Assistant Producer: Karen Bass.
SKOKIE: INVADED, BUT NOT CONQUERED has been made possible through the generosity of the Crain-Maling Foundation, a proud sponsor of public broadcasting, and dedicated to supporting medical research, education and the arts. Additional funding was provided by MB Financial, Philip and Mindy Rosenberg, and the Feis Family, in loving memory of Shirley and Frank Hofman.