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Children of the Liberation

Transatlantic Experiences and Perspectives of Black Germans of the Post-War Generation

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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 Power of Words – Empowerment (Eleonore Wiedenroth-Coulibaly)

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ELEONORE WIEDENROTH-COULIBALY

The Power of Words – Empowerment

Xenophobia Hostility to foreigners Hatred of strangers

Fear of human beings Hostility to human beings   Misanthropy

Fear of oneself Hatred of oneself Hostility against oneself

The stranger? The strangers? The strange?

Words disguise – denude – disguise what is behind them – NOTHING NIHIL NOTHING Let us fill the void with love for one another With acknowledgement of each other With respect for each other with hope for each of us And it turns into a gift of life and experience of venture and trust of courage and strength That is em-power-ment! ← 393 | 394 →

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