The Nazis and Dixie: African Americans and Germany in the 1930s
Peter V. and C. Vann Woodward Professor of History, Yale University
Wednesday, February 18, 4:00 p.m.
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 128 Wall Street
Free and open to the public - Reception to follow
Traditional historical wisdom holds that the United States remained unaware of the extent of Hitler’s persecution of the Jews and of the danger that it posed for liberty around the world. However, African Americans tracked the Nazi persecution throughout the 1930s and realized what was at stake. Germany’s treatment of the Jews was front page news in every black-owned newspaper from 1933 onward. African Americans compared it to their oppression by Southern whites, and they forged an alliance with American Jews to create a language of tolerance and democracy in the face of the Nazi example.
This is the second in a series of lectures organized by the Library to mark Black History Month. The third and final lecture by Frank Mitchell ("African American Heritage Cooking in the Post Soul Food World") will take place in the SML lecture hall on February 23 at 4:00 p.m.