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New documentary chronicles discrimination at Emory

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After decades of denial, Emory University is trying to make amends for discriminating against Jewish students at its dental school, which is now closed.

"In retrospect it is regrettable and we have to say that," said Dr. Gary Hauk, Vice President and Deputy to the President of Emory.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, from 1948 to 1961, 65 percent of Jewish students at Emory's dental school were flunked out or forced to repeat one or more years.

Dr. Perry Brickman was one of the students who was affected.

"They either told you could come back and repeat or they told you were out, but in my case they didn't give me an opportunity to come back," Brickman said.

When the data proving the discrimination was presented to the university, school officials denied it. But in 1960 things changed.

"When the dental school changed its application form to ask applicants to indicate their race as Caucasian, Jew or other, that sort of practice of anti-Semitism became indisputable," Hauk said.

Shortly thereafter the dean of the dental school resigned, but the university still did not acknowledge the wrong until about three years ago.

"It's a stigma you can't get rid of. It's deep, it hurts you," Brickman said.

Tomorrow Emory is hosting a screening of a documentary it commissioned about the discrimination. Many of the victims are expected to attend.

"It's a wonderful thing that Emory has done. I can't wait to see some of these people some of them have never met the others. It's going to be incredible," Brickman said. 

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