Film & Discussion
Date & Time: March 25 (Thursday), 6:00pm
Location: 420 Shillman Hall
Professor Gerald Herman of the Northeastern History Department will introduce the film, From Swastika to Jim Crow, and lead the post-film discussion. Directed by Lori Cheatle, the film tells the little-known story of two very different cultures, German Jews and African Americans, sharing a common burden of oppression, and brought together throught the tragic circumstances of war. As Jewish intellectuals escaped Nazi Germany and immigrated to the United States, they faced an uncertain future. Confronted with anti-Semitism at American universities and a public’s distrust of foreigners, many sought refuge as teachers at historically Black colleges in the segregated South. The refugees found new meaning and purpose in their adopted nation, and their students went on to develop their own academic careers. Students and teachers formed lasting relationships, leaving an important impact on the communities in which they lived.