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“It was much more difficult functioning in the U.S. than it was in Europe. You know you could run and hide from rockets coming out of Aachen, Germany. But you couldn't run and hide from the kind of verbal abuse you got in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi.“

Walter Patrice, WWII veteran, Poughkeepsie (NY)




New Documentary:
"Ein Hauch von Freiheit" (Breath of Freedom)
December 16, 10:05pm CET on Arte
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"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
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"Freed's enduring photos of march part of exhibit"
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Article by
Sophie Lorenz:
„Heldin des anderen Amerikas“
Die DDR-Solidaritätsbewegung
für Angela Davis, 1970–1973.
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New Film:
"The West Point -
Vassar College Initiative"
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A Breath of Freedom
By Maria Höhn &
Martin Klimke
Palgrave Macmillan October 2010
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Chapel Hill, NC - University of North Carolina

Photo Exhibition: “The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany“
Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum, University of North Carolina
September 9 - October 28, 2011

Exhibition Opening: September 8, 2011, 7 pm
Introduction by Maria Höhn

“The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs and Germany“ exhibition will open at the Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum, Thursday, September 8, at 7pm.

The exhibition, on display thru October 28, features photos, cartoons and political posters that tell an intriguing story of how American and German history became intertwined in the struggle for civil rights.

The exhibition was curated by Maria Höhn, Professor of History at Vassar College and Dr. Martin Klimke, Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C.  This project expands the boundaries of the African American Freedom Struggle beyond the U.S. and depicts African American GIs as active participants in the victory over Nazism, the democratization of Germany after WWII, and in the advancement of civil rights in their own country and beyond.

The opening reception is set for 7pm on September 8 and is free and open to the public. Professor Maria Höhn will give a brief presentation at the reception. Local representatives from the National Association of Black Veterans, Tuskegee Airmen, Montford Point Marines, and Buffalo Soldiers will attend the reception as special guests.
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Gallery hours for the Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum are 9:30 am – 8 pm Monday-Friday, or by appointment


Civil rights and the world
The Chapel Hill News - October 12, 2011
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Walker Minot: New exhibit in Stone Center focuses on African-American soldiers during Cold War era
The Daily Tar Heel - September 22, 2011
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Chris Vitiello: Black GIs and Germans found solidarity against fascism and racism. Wars at home and abroad
www.indyweek.com - Sepember 21, 2011
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Exhibition highlights blacks and Germans
The Triangle Tribune - September 11, 2011
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Cliff Bellamy: Exhibit focuses on black GIs
The Herald Sun - September 7, 2011
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