From Swastika to Jim Crow


60 minutes
Source: Cinema Guild

This documentary, based on the book by Gabrielle Simon Edgcomb, tells the little-known story of Jewish intellectuals who escaped Nazi Germany to the US in the 1930s. Confronted with antisemitism at American universities and public distrust of foreigners, they secured teaching positions at traditionally black colleges in the then-segregated South. The complex interactions between these two groups are recalled through historic footage and moving firsthand testimonials by African American and Jewish scholars, activists, and artists.

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