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“In the closing weeks of the war in Germany, he [the black soldier] was finally given a chance to fight side by side with his white fellow Americans in the same units. […] It is to be hoped that the performance of our soldiers in Europe will move the War department to abolish the color line in the Army. There is no sense in a nation preaching democracy and spending billions of dollars and a million casualties (to date) to achieve it, and then separating its fighting men on the basis of color.”

Editorial, “Negro Soldiers in Europe,” in: The Crisis (June 1945)

 




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Workshop with Veterans from the Armed Forces Retirement Home

June 21, 2011
Workshop at the GHI - Directions
Convener: Martin Klimke (GHI)
Participants: AFRH residents, Antoinette Ford (Double Nickels Theatre Company), Maria Hoehn (Vassar College), Sarah Barksdale (UNC).

This workshop launches the cooperation between Double Nickels Theatre Company, the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH), Washington, DC, and the German Historical Institute.

The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany, interviewing local AFRH residents about their experience in the military with regard to overseas deployment and racial and ethnic discrimination inside and outside the armed forces.
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Impressions from the workshop at the GHI

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