To enhance Black-Jewish relations on college and university campuses, ADL and the Hillel Foundation launched a joint project in 2000. The joint initiative is geared to enhance relationships between African-American and Jewish students on college campuses nationwide.
Student groups watch the documentary "From Swastika to Jim Crow."
The movie highlights the significant number of Jewish refugee scholars from Hitler's Germany who were hired by historically black colleges and universities in the segregated South during the 1930's and 1940's. The movie captures their adjustment from a racist Nazi society to one in Southern society. In the process of their transition to life in America, these professors made a significant contribution to the civil rights movement.
Colleges and universities nationwide offer this program to their students. The program features:
Screening of the PBS documentary, From Swastika to Jim Crow, shown on campus with other student groups, followed by a discussion with ADL facilitators
An interactive dialogue where students are encouraged to develop an ongoing multi-semester Black-Jewish collaboration
Wherever possible, regional ADL offices will work with Hillel to bring local Jewish and African-American community leaders as well as people who appear in the film to the campus.
For more details and to schedule such a program, contact
Associate Director Education Division/Director Education Policy & Advocacy