Slide Show: Nazi Film Shown at Library Draws Hundreds of Protesters

By Beacon Staff

Holding signs reading “No Neo-Nazis,” and “No Hate in My Backyard,” hundreds of valley residents turned out Thursday evening to protest the showing at the library in Kalispell of the film, “Epic: The Story of the Waffen SS,” a film that takes an admiring view of the combat arm of the Nazis during World War II.

It was the second film shown at the library by Kalispell resident Karl Gharst, who on March 29 screened a movie debating whether the Jewish Holocaust really occurred. Gharst said he planned to show a film titled, “The Truth Behind the Gates of Auschwitz,” on May 29, and he plans other events for the summer.

Protesters crowded around those walking into the library to view the film, and in a scuffle at the entrance, a woman’s camera was knocked out of her hands. Kalispell Police then arrested Mark Harrington and April Gaede for causing the damage, charging them with assault and criminal mischief, both misdemeanors. They were later released.

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