After the Holocaust, the Chicagoland village of Skokie became home to many survivors of Nazi concentration camps. In the late-70s and early-80s, it also became the place where American Nazis wanted to march and harass said Holocaust survivors. In a new documentary, one Skokie man who survived Auschwitz tells the story of the anti-Semitism he fought against in Skokie, and how it led him to reveal the anti-Semitism that cost him much of his family during World War II:
In 1945, while freezing in a German forest, 16-year-old Jack Adler watched countless fellow Dachau camp inmates collapse and die on the infamous “Death March.” As US troops approached, bringing an end to World War II, the Nazis forced their striped pajama-clad prisoners to walk for days on end, without food, water or shelter, and shot any who fell out of line.
Adler, 87, who lost his parents, three siblings and most of his extended family during the Holocaust, remains determined to help put an end to intolerance and bigotry by retelling both his ordeal and his miraculous survival for as long as he is able.
The moral of his story is, Adler says simply, “Live by the Golden Rule.”
“No matter what religion, ethnicity or race you are, we are all part of the same race — the human race,” Adler tells The Times of Israel. “Everyone’s life is precious. No matter what religion, ethnicity or color. Let’s respect those lives. Let’s help each other, not hate each other.”