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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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The Silence (Thomas Usleber)


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The Silence

Obviously, Germany has no clue: What is denied cannot be true Instead of naming violence there’s only silence Schools preach social competence Children should develop hence But if they refuse compliance: Just silence Politicians make up a balance: In Germany rules tolerance But houses burning, violence Just silence One loves to believe the media Incidents have decreased this year But when they rise Just silence Those who say it loud and clear: “no, I’m not a racist, dear” When asked for alliance retreat to silence where racism is evident they say they do not comprehend and in their defiance prefer silence They are praised for activism But confronted with racism ← 391 | 392 → They lower their heads in silence But behind all those backs racists deck out with flags and proudly rise from the silence.

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