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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.

BIC Classifications

  • Biography & True Stories (B)
  • Literature & literary studies (D)
    • Prose: non-fiction (DN)
    • Literature: history & criticism (DS)
  • Society & social sciences (J)
    • Society & culture: general (JF)
      • Social issues & processes (JFF)
        • Social discrimination & inequality (JFFJ)
        • Migration, immigration & emigration (JFFN)
      • Social groups (JFS)
        • Ethnic studies (JFSL)
          • Ethnic minorities & multicultural studies (JFSL1)
  • Geographical (1)
    • Europe (1D)
      • Central Europe (1DF)
        • Germany (1DFG)
  • Languages (2)
    • Indo-European languages (2A)
      • Germanic & Scandinavian languages (2AC)
        • German (2ACG)

BISAC Classifications

  • History (HIS)
    • Ancient (HIS002)
      • HISTORY / Ancient / Greece (HIS002010)
    • HISTORY / Europe / General (HIS010000)
    • HISTORY / Europe / Eastern (HIS010010)
    • HISTORY / Europe / Western (HIS010020)
    • HISTORY / Europe / France (HIS013000)
    • HISTORY / Europe / Germany (HIS014000)
    • HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain (HIS015000)
    • HISTORY / Europe / Italy (HIS020000)
    • HISTORY / Study & Teaching (HIS035000)
    • HISTORY / Europe / Austria & Hungary (HIS040000)
    • HISTORY / Europe / Spain & Portugal (HIS045000)
  • Literary Criticism (LIT)
    • LITERARY CRITICISM / European / General (LIT004130)
    • LITERARY CRITICISM / European / French (LIT004150)
    • LITERARY CRITICISM / European / German (LIT004170)
    • LITERARY CRITICISM / Women Authors (LIT004290)

THEMA Classifications

  • Biography, Literature & Literary studies (D)
    • Biography & non-fiction prose (DN)
    • Literature: history & criticism (DS)
  • Society & Social Sciences (J)
    • Society & culture: general (JB)
      • Social & ethical issues (JBF)
        • Social discrimination & equal treatment (JBFA)
        • Migration, immigration & emigration (JBFH)
      • Social groups (JBS)
        • Ethnic studies (JBSL)
          • Ethnic minorities & multicultural studies (JBSL1)
  • History & Archaeology (N)
    • History (NH)
      • European history (NHD)
  • Geographical qualifiers (1)
    • Europe (1D)
      • Central Europe (1DF)
        • Germany (1DFG)
  • Language qualifiers (2)
    • Indo-European languages (2A)
      • Germanic & Scandinavian languages (2AC)
        • German (2ACG)