Lecture: Racism, Fascism and the Jim Crow Military

YaleUniversity– Mar 11, 2021

On February 25, 2021, the Fortunoff Video Archive hosted an online lecture by PhD candidate Anna Duensing titled “Racism, Fascism and the Jim Crow Military, as seen through the testimony of Leon Bass.” Anna’s research focuses on antifascism in the civil rights movement and Black radical theories of fascism in the US. In this lecture, she spoke about the African American service members who confronted the Nazi threat, and witnessed the end stages and immediate aftermath of the Holocaust, even as they themselves served in a segregated military. Anna uses the testimony of liberator Leon Bass (HVT-1241) as a focal point in her talk.

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