Joyce Ladner: Remembering a Jewish professor who fled Nazis to the Deep South

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Remembering a Jewish professor who fled Nazis to the Deep South

Source: Herald Tribune, 11-11-11

Joyce Ladner

Joyce Ladner, a civil rights activist and Sarasota resident, discusses her early involvement in the fight for desegregation. On Monday, Ladner will appear at a discussion of Jewish academicians who fled their teaching positions for new lives in the U.S. Largely shunned by white American universities, many of these exiled scholars wound up teaching at historically black colleges in the Jim Crow south.

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“Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges”
6 p.m. Monday
Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 South Tuttle Ave., Sarasota
Free
For more information, call (941) 321-7852


In the years prior to the Holocaust, Jewish academicians fled their teaching positions in Germany for new lives in the U.S. Largely shunned by white American universities, many of these exiled scholars wound up teaching at historically black colleges in the Jim Crow south, where they carved out a precarious niche and helped speed integration.

“As white people in a community that was racially segregated, they were looked on with suspicion by blacks if they mingled freely with whites,” wrote historian John Hope Franklin, “and they were regarded as peculiar by whites if their social life was spent among blacks.”

Joyce Ladner, a civil rights activist and Sarasota resident, saw the phenomenon first hand. She will appear Monday at a public discussion about that part of American history at Temple Beth Sholom in Sarasota on Monday night.

Titled “Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges,” the discussion is connected with an exhibit on display at the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg.

The presentation is built atop research compiled by the late author Gabrielle Simon Edgcomb, who identified 41 of the German exiles in a 1993 book. It became a PBS documentary in 2000. Bonnie Gurewitsch, curator/archivist with the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, will be on hand to give an overview at the temple….READ MORE

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