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From Swastika to Jim Crow
April 17 , 7:00 pm
The recent uptick in antisemitic, anti-immigrant, and racist rhetoric has created a burst of new interest in the acclaimed documentary, From Swastika to Jim Crow. The film tells the little-known story of two very different cultures sharing a common burden of oppression…and finding a common refuge. Fleeing Germany for America in the 1930s, Jewish professors and intellectuals were confronted with antisemitism at American universities and a public distrust of foreigners. But a surprising number were accepted by 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.
Tickets: $10 general; $7 seniors; $5 CJH/Partner members, students