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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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MAY AYIM, German-Ghanaian author, certified pedagogue and speech and language therapist, was born in Hamburg in 1960. She studied in Regensburg and Berlin. She was co-editor of the anthology Showing Our Colors, Afro-German Women Speak Out, in which she published her research on Afro-German history, and co-editor of the book Enfernte Verbindungen [Distant Connections]. Her poetry volumes Blues in Schwarz Weiß [Blues in Black and White] and Nachtgesang [night song] were published by Orlanda. She was one of the founders of the Initiative of Black Germans (ISD) and Black History Month in Berlin, where she lived until her death in August 1996.

RIA CHEATOM, born in 1947 in Bavaria, is a registered nurse for anesthesia and intensive care. She was one of the co-founders of ADEFRA (Black Women in Germany) and is still active in the Black German political movement. She is one of the co-authors of the film Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984–1992. Her essay “My Black Coming Out” was published in 2014 on the internet platform The Feminist Wire. She has lived in Berlin for many years.

JASMIN EDING, born in 1960 in Augsburg, is a certified social pedagogue, activist and social worker. She was one of the co-founders of ADEFRA and is still active in the networking of Black German initiatives, and the organization of cultural and political events. She advocates the connection between theory and practice in minority movements. The present focus of her work is the support...

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