Surviving Skokie

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They survived the horrors of the Holocaust and came to America to put the past behind. For decades they kept their awful memories secret, even from their children.  But their silence ended when a band of neo-Nazi thugs threatened to march in their quiet village of Skokie, Illinois “because that is where the Jews are.”


Surviving Skokie, an intensely personal documentary, explores the effects of a late 1970s threatened neo-Nazi march in Skokie, IL on its large Holocaust survivor population. Thousands of survivors comprised 10 percent of this Chicago suburb, including Jack, the father of co-producer, Eli Adler. The relationship between father and son deepens as they return to Poland, where Eli learns more about the extended family that perished during the Shoah. Together they retrace the painful and debilitating journey through two ghettos and two concentration camps. Included are poignant commentaries and archival footage of the historical events spanning 70 years and two continents.

Genre: Documentary,Drama

Cast: Eli Adler, Jack Adler

Crew: Dir. by Eli Adler, Blair Gershkow

Year of production: 2015

Running time: 66 Minutes

Festivals, Awards & Press:

Winner, Audience Award – 2015 Mill Valley Film Festival

Official Selection –  2015 JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival

Official Selection – 2015 Denver Film Festival

Official Selection – 2016 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Official Selection – 2016 Charlotte Jewish Film Festival

Official Selection – 2016 Seattle Jewish Film Festival

Official Section – 2016 Jewish International Film Festival, Holocaust Film Series