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‘Recovering skinhead’ describes his journey

SALVATORE CAPUTO | Contributing Writer | Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 5:16 pm

As a 17-year-old, Frank Meeink was a neo-Nazi skinhead, covered with tattoos that included a swastika on his neck, who hosted his own cable-access show promoting his racist views. Then, he was arrested for the kidnapping of a rival skinhead and sentenced to three to five years in prison.

“I was the youngest kid in the adult prison,” he says, during a telephone interview from his home in Iowa. Meeink, the author of “Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead,” is coming to the Valley to talk about his journey away from racist violence to life as a father who created and runs a youth hockey program called Harmony through Hockey. He will speak Feb. 23 at an event sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League’s Young Leadership and Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix’s NowGen groups at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center in Scottsdale (see details below).

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