Transatlantic Experiences and Perspectives of Black Germans of the Post-War Generation
Edited By Marion Kraft
One Family, Two Continents (Jasmin Eding)
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One Family, Two Continents
30. Jasmin Eding. Private property.
Southern Germany Meets the Southern States
My mother grew up in the early 1940s in southern Germany, having survived World War II unharmed, at least physically. My German grandmother was a seamstress, and my grandfather a carpenter and musician. He played the string bass in a small band. They had four daughters. To the distress of my grandmother, my grandfather was drafted into the German Army, ← 155 | 156 → shortly before the end of the war. He was transferred to France, where he became a prisoner of war. He stayed there until the end of the war, working in carpentry. He was quite lucky under the circumstances, since he was liked by the French.
The two youngest daughters (my mother and her twin sister) hardly knew their father. When he came back, he was a stranger to them. All four children had problems building a real relationship with their father. Having been brought up and socialized in a small German town, my mother met my father in the late 1950s. He is African American and was then a soldier in the U.S. Army. He was born in the South of the U.S. and, as I learned later, he grew up with his younger brother in North Carolina. My grandmother was only 16 years old when he was born. It was a somewhat mysterious situation,...
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