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Children of the Liberation

Transatlantic Experiences and Perspectives of Black Germans of the Post-War Generation


Edited By Marion Kraft

This volume was originally published in German in 2015, commemorating the end of World War II seventy years earlier and acknowledging the contribution of African American soldiers to Germany’s liberation from fascist rule. Using an interdisciplinary approach, it collects the voices of some of the descendants of these World War II heroes. In this volume, Black Germans of this post-war generation relate and analyse their experiences from various perspectives. Historical, political and research essays alongside life writing, interviews and literary texts form a kaleidoscope through which a new perspective on an almost forgotten part of German history and US American–German relationships is conveyed. The collection explores causes and consequences of racism in the past and in the present as well as developing strategies for achieving positive changes.
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Brief quote from “The Danger of a Single Story” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, by permission of The Wylie Agency, London, UK.

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“A Litany for Survival”, by Audre Lorde, from The Black Unicorn by Audre Lorde – published by W.W. Norton & Co. New York, Copyright © 1978, 1997 by Audre Lorde, by permission of the Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency. For the UK by Abner Stein Co. London.

Brief quote from p. xv from Destined to Witness by Hans J. Massaquoi. Copyright © 2000 by Hans J. Massaquoi. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

Brief quote from Beloved by Toni Morrison published by Chatto & Windus. Reproduced by permission of The Random House Group Ltd. Copyright © 1987, and by Penguin Random House UK.

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