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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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Distant Connections (May Ayim)

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MAY AYIM

Distant Connections

the hands of my mother are white I know I don’t know them my mother the hands the hands of my father I know are black I hardly know him my father the hands apart

visions above grey feelings of guilt shadow kisses in the dark

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memories lightsome her face on his forehead painful German on her lips

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forgotten her lips his face hurting lightsome African words ← 395 | 396 →

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