"From Swastika to Jim Crow"

The recent uptick in anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, and racist rhetoric have created a burst of new interest in the acclaimed documentary, "From Swastika to Jim Crow." Based on the book by Gabrielle Simon Edgcomb, the film tells the little-known story of two very different cultures, sharing a common burden of oppression. In the 1930s German universities were some of the first targets of Nazi activity. Jewish professors and intellectuals who were able to immigrate to the United States faced an uncertain future. Confronted with anti-Semitism at American universities and a public distrust of foreigners, a surprising number sought refuge in a most unlikely place, the traditionally black colleges in the then-segregated South. Securing teaching positions, these scholars came to form lasting relationships with their students, and went on to significantly impact the communities in which they lived and worked. 

Nineteen years after the film was originally released, the filmmakers, Steven Fischler and Joel Sucher, feel its message that more binds us together than separates us must be heard. They passionately believe that as long as racism and inequality exist in our society, there will be a compelling need to bring "From Swastika to Jim Crow" to a wider audience.

One-hour screening followed by Q&A with the filmmakers and historian Charles L. Chavis, Jr.

Center for Jewish History, American Jewish Historical Society and Leo Baeck Institute are grateful to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for its support as a promotional partner for this program.

Presented by Center for Jewish History, American Jewish Historical Society & Leo Baeck Institute

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 7:00pm

EVENT LOCATION

Center for Jewish History
15 W. 16th St.
New York, NY 10011

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212-294-8301

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$5-$10

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