On exhibition in the Larry Wasser Gallery from October 13, 2011 - January 21, 2012
By the time World War II began on September 1, 1939, Germany had purged
itself of its Jewish professors, scientists, and scholars. Some of these academics,
deprived of their livelihoods by the Nazis, found refuge in the United States. But
in this new world, they faced an uncertain future.
A few dozen refugee scholars unexpectedly found positions in historically black
colleges in the American South. There, as recent escapees from persecution in
Nazi Germany, they came face to face with the absurdities of a rigidly segregated
Jim Crow society. In their new positions, they met, taught, and interacted with
students who had grown up in, and struggled with, this racist environment.
Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow explores the unlikely coming together of these
two groups, each the object of exclusion and hatred, and examines the ongoing
encounter between them as they navigated the challenges of life in the
Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow was created and is circulated by the Museum of
Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, New York City.
Sponsored locally by
The Herman & Sally Boxser Diversity Initiative
of Temple Beth Sholom of Sarasota