Books available in the library: 

When the Nazis Came to Skokie: Freedom for Speech We Hate

Philippa Strum. 1999

Presents the constitutional and moral issues critical to our understanding of free speech and carries important lessons for current controversies over hate speech on college campuses.

Nazis in Skokie: Freedom, Community and the First Amendment

Donald Downs. 1985

A challenge to the ruling court's doctrine of “content neutrality” and an argument for the minimal abridgment of free speech when that speech is intentionally harmful.

The Nazi/Skokie Conflict: A Civil Liberties Battle

David Hamlin. 1980

An account of the Nazi/Skokie conflict by the Executive Director of the Illinois American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) chapter that defended Frank Collin's rights.

Defending My Enemy: American Nazis, the Skokie Case and the Risks of Freedom

Aryeh Neier. 1979

The national executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Aryeh Neier, tells the story and ponders the consequences of Skokie/Nazi conflict and other cases in which the enemies of freedom have claimed for themselves the rights that they would deny to others.

Civil Liberties and the Nazis: The Skokie Free-Speech Controversy

James Gibson and Richard Bingham. 1985

A study focusing on the drop in membership of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) following their defense of Frank Collin in the Skokie/Nazi conflict.

Conversations with Abner Mikva

Sanford D. Horwitt. 2018

Includes a chapter (pages 78-89) about the then Congressman's conflicted feelings about the Nazi march case.

Near Normal Man: A Memoir; Survival with Courage, Kindness and Hope

Ben Stern with Charlene Stern. 2022

Includes a chapter (Chapter 13) about how Holocaust survivor, Ben Stern, organized the counter-protest against the planned neo-Nazi march in Skokie.

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Skokie and the Nazi Threat: A Coming Together of Religious Communities in a Time of Crisis

Reverend Phyllis G. Koehnline. 2000

From the Skokie Public Library Digital Collection

Reverend Phyllis G. Koehnline's reflections and first-hand account of events surrounding the National Socialist Party of America's attempted demonstration in Skokie.