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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.

«Children of the Liberation is a milestone in the literature on the diverse history of Black Germans which has developed over the past three decades. For the first time, this anthology unites Black voices from both sides of the Atlantic and raises new issues of research on the interrelatedness of racism in Germany and in the U.S. in the years after World War II. The texts are not «human interest stories,» but rather counter-concepts to a historiography dominated by power structures, and thus groundbreaking for a new definition of transnational identities. This book is an important contribution to political education and should be part of every syllabus dealing with German post-war history.» (Leroy T. Hopkins, Jr., Professor of German Studies, Millersville University, PA)