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Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow

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 segregated South.

Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow is on view May 1, 2009 – January 4, 2010 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust located at 36 Battery Place in Lower Manhattan.
Hours

Sun, Mon, Tue, Thur: 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m
Wed: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fri during DST: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fri during EST and eve of Jewish holidays:
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Museum will close at 3 p.m. on May 28 and will be closed on May 29 in observance of Shavuot.


General Admission
$12 adults, $10 seniors, $7 students.
Members and children 12 and younger are admitted free.
Museum admission is free Wed 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Group Tours: Call 646.437.4305 to book your tour today.

General information: 646.437.4200 | www.mjhnyc.org


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