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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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Else Lindenbeck and Leslie Littles: An African American-German Family History (Lita Littles Wimbley)


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Else Lindenbeck and Leslie Littles: An African American-German Family History

17.  Lita Littles Wimbley. Private property. ← 67 | 68 →

My father, a Black U.S. American, was a product of the “Deep South” of the 1920s and 1930s. He grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. My mother was a woman from the urban industrial northern German city Essen. My parents, Leslie Littles and Else Lindenbeck, were two people who lived through World War II, met after the war, married in Germany, moved to the States, and had a family of eight children. The story of my parents’ courtship and marriage in post-World War II Germany is one of many similar stories about the relationship between an African American G.I. and a German woman and the world they found themselves in. But for us children, they are just Mutti and Daddy. They gave us a legacy of tenacity in the face of obstacles, taught us to accept a person on the basis of character, not racial background, and encouraged us to develop a critical eye in relation to our understanding of what is happening in the world.

My Father

The second of seven children, my father was born on June 1921 in Jackson, Mississippi, to Jackson Littles, Jr. and Fannie Holmes. The family farm was part of the original 280 acres purchased by his great-grandfather, Henderson Littles, in 1869. There, his family grew cotton, corn...

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