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'From Swastika To Jim Crow'

An image of former NCCU Chancellor Julius L. Chambers and Former NCCU professor Ernst Manasse.
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In 1939, Nazi leadership in Germany prohibited Jewish professors from teaching at colleges and universities. Many of the Jewish scholars who fled the country found a haven in the historically black colleges and universities in the American South. 

The black Americans and Jewish refugees found commonalities in their experiences of racial discrimination and prejudice. The documentary "From Swastika to Jim Crow" highlights the similarities in the American South's racism and Germany's Nazism, along with the influential relationship that fostered between Jewish scholars and their black students. 

Host Frank Stasio talks with Eric Mullerand Ted Shaw, professors of law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, about the documentary and its origins. "From Swastika to Jim Crow" screens at 6:00 p.m. tonight at the UNC School of Law.

Charlie Shelton-Ormond is a podcast producer for WUNC.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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