The Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies at Boston University is pleased to present “Economic Racism in Perspective: Past and Present in the US and Germany,” a series of events scheduled for November 2014 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and to consider more broadly the dangers of economic discrimination.

Serving as a backdrop for the events is “Final Sale. The End of Jewish Businesses in Nazi Berlin,” a historical exhibition on economic segregation in Nazi Berlin. Based on new and innovative research, the exhibition explores the fate of 16 small businesses, focusing on the entrepreneurs who built them and their struggle to survive in an increasingly segregated and racist business environment. These entrepreneurs range in notoriety from internationally acclaimed theater director Max Reinhardt to a family of egg wholesalers. “Final Sale” will be on display until January 5th at the Rubin-Frankel Gallery on the second floor of the BU Hillel House (213 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215).

Sponsors: Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies, BU Center for the Humanities, Florence and Chafetz Hillel House, the BU Departments of History, Economics, and Sociology, Jewish Cultural Endowment at BU, German Historical Institute (Washington, D.C.), BU Alumni Association, BU School of Law, BU African American Studies Program, Memorial Museum at the House of the Wannsee Conference (Berlin), Aktives Museum – Faschismus und Widerstand (Berlin).