“The thing that amazes me is that most guys [who served under me] had never been away from home. Never. And I never heard one of them say: 'when are we going home, when are we getting out of here'? And all of the V-mails they sent, I never saw any that said I am so sick of this stuff [and want to go home].“
Walter Patrice, WWII veteran, Poughkeepsie (NY)
"Ein Hauch von Freiheit" (Breath of Freedom)
December 16, 10:05pm CET on Arte
"Breath of Freedom: Black Soldiers and the Battle for Civil Rights" (narrated by Cuba Gooding, Jr.)
Premiers February 17, 8pm ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel
"Freed's enduring photos of march part of exhibit"
„Heldin des anderen Amerikas“
für Angela Davis, 1970–1973.
October 7 - November 7, 2010
This exhibition illustrates the transnational story of the African American freedom struggle. Curated by Maria Höhn (Vassar College) and Martin Klimke (German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C. / Heidelberg Center for American Studies, University of Heidelberg), it is part of a larger research project on “The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany,” which was honored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) with the 2009 Julius E. Williams Distinguished Community Service Award.
The exhibition is sponsored by the Institute of European Studies and the Doe Memorial Library at UC Berkeley.
On view at the library’s Bernice Layne Brown Gallery from October 7 to November 7, 2010.
Sundays - Fridays, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
For a PDF version of the exhibition poster, please see here.
Exhibition Opening & Lecture:
October 7, 2010
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Co-authors Martin Klimke and Maria Höhn discuss their book, “A Breath of Freedom: The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany“ and introduce the exhibit entailed, “The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany“ held in the Brown Gallery of the Doe Library.
University of California
370 Dwinelle Hall
Berkeley, CA 94704