Erin Einhorn, "Detroit Jews, Segregation, and the Birwood Wall"

NBC News reporter Erin Einhorn explores the history of the notorious racial segregation wall that was built in 1941 to divide Black and white residents of a northwest Detroit neighborhood. The wall was named to the National Register of Historic Places, a recognition that acknowledges it as an enduring symbol of segregation and reminder of redlining policies that made it difficult for Black Detroiters to access home loans in the last century. Much of the coverage of the wall — including a major story co-written by Einhorn — left out the fact that many of the families living on the “white” side were Jewish. Einhorn, a Jewish Detroit resident whose father grew up not far from the wall, shares what she learned about role Jews played in the story of the infamous Birwood Wall.


Erin Einhorn is a Detroit-based national reporter for NBC News. Her award-winning work has also appeared in The AtlanticThe NationThe Washington Post and the public radio program This American Life. Previously, she was the founding editor of Chalkbeat Detroit, a nonprofit education news site that covers educational equity. Before moving to Detroit in 2014, Erin was the Deputy Managing Editor for Politics at the New York Daily News, where she also served as City Hall bureau chief and as an education reporter covering the nation’s largest public school system. She previously worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News. Erin is the author of the Pages In Between: A Holocaust Legacy of Two Families, One Home, published by Simon & Schuster. The memoir chronicles the year she spent living in Poland getting to know the family that rescued her mother during World War II.




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