“We Shall Overcome”

The link to this might have disappeared, but it’s an interesting article worth digging for. The Occupy movement benefitted from this kind of organised alliance of oppressed groups. Shame they weren’t able to effect much change.

Now the story of these Jewish refugees, taken in by black communities in the segregated South, is being told. A special exhibition titled “Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars in Black Colleges,” is making the rounds of museums across the United States.

“It’s an incredible story of African-Americans helping save Jews,” says Ivy Barsky, director of the new National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, where the exhibit will arrive on January 13 to coincide with Martin Luther King Jr. Day. “These were not big names, like Albert Einstein, who were able to find jobs at the elite universities, but mainly newly minted PhDs who had nowhere else to go.”

Of the several hundred Jewish scholars who fled Germany and Austria in the 1930s following the Nazi rise to power, more than 50 found refuge at historically black colleges in the South.

via Haaretz.Com.

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