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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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Acknowledgments

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Many people have contributed directly or indirectly to this book. We are thankful to all of them. We commemorate Audre Lorde, who is acknowledged in some essays in this book, and the Ghanaian-German researcher, activist and poet, May Ayim, whose works helped pioneer the constitution of an Afro-German movement. We commemorate our friend, Bärbel Kampmann, whose political and psychological engagement empowered many Black people and People of Color in Germany. We owe thanks to Andrée Nicola McLaughlin for her initiative and engagement in forging international alliances and networks of Black women and Women of Color worldwide. Through her initiative the first large international congress of Black women took place in Germany in 1991 and led to connections that still exist today. We thank all institutions that have supported such projects in the past and into present. We are grateful to all whose contributions have made this book possible, in particular to those who have also shared personal experiences and stories with us. We thank Tracey O. Patton for intensive discourses on different terminologies and for her suggestion of putting into practice the concept of memory and post-memory. Rosemarie Peña has been of great importance in the development of transatlantic contacts through her engagement within the Black German Heritage and Research Association. We are thankful to all those who shared personal images and documents with us. We thank Maria Höhn for her advice while we were navigating two different languages and Ria Cheatom for the...

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