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For intellectuals, job searches are never easy, but in the 1930s fleeing European Jewish academics had a terrible time finding positions at anti-Semitic American universities. The Depression was in full swing and jobs were scarce at the urban northern schools. In one of those wonderfully peculiar twists of historical fate, many of the refugees finally found homes at black colleges in the South. Professors like Ernst Barinski (pictured above) became favorites at schools like Mississippi's Tougaloo College, and because they encouraged their students to question their own social status, many of the teachers were warningly labeled "race agitators." Our own NCCU (then the North Carolina College for Negroes) hosted Ernst Manasse, a professor of German, Latin and philosophy from 1939 to 1973. In conjunction with the DoubleTake Documentary Film Festival, the university will show From Swastika to Jim Crow (1999), a documentary about this intriguing chapter of history, on Jan. 17, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Directors Lori Cheatle and Martin D. Taub will be on hand afterward for a question-and-answer period. The screening takes place at NCCU Law School, in Turner Law Building's Moot Court Room. Call 660-3699 for details.


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