Transatlantic Experiences and Perspectives of Black Germans of the Post-War Generation
Edited By Marion Kraft
Else Lindenbeck and Leslie Littles: An African American-German Family History (Lita Littles Wimbley)
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LITA LITTLES WIMBLEY
Else Lindenbeck and Leslie Littles: An African American-German Family History
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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.
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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