Transatlantic Experiences and Perspectives of Black Germans of the Post-War Generation
Edited By Marion Kraft
“Because We’re Embarrassed”: Memory, Post-memory and Reflections on “Race” and Rejection (Tracey O. Patton)
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TRACEY O. PATTON
“Because We’re Embarrassed”: Memory, Post-memory and Reflections on “Race” and Rejection
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This study focuses on the modes of action of memory and post-memory, based on the history of a Black German woman of the post-World War II generation and her family of origin. I am the daughter of a woman referred to as a “colored occupation child” in the post-World War II era. According to the Black German Cultural Society,1 approximately 95,000 children of German women and African American G.I.s were born in the years after World War II. My mother and her twin stand for the “estimated 3,000 to 4,000 children born between 1946 and 1953.”2 These children were either raised by their German families or grew up in foster families or in children’s homes in Germany, or were adopted outside of Germany, mainly in the U.S. or Denmark. In the United States, Black German children received attention in media such as Ebony magazine, where they made the cover of the October 1948 issue, “Homes needed for 10,000 Brown Orphans” or Jet magazine which featured several Black German children available for adoption in 1951.3
The goal of this mediated coverage was to have Black German children brought to the U.S. and adopted by African American families.
44. Ebony, October 1948....
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