“Your pictures and articles on […] 'GIs in Germany' were great, because […] they gave undeniable proof that the Negro is a human being, a creature who loves and is loved. […] If a Negro boy and a white girl find things in common and desire to associate with each other, we as believers in democratic freedom should support their democratic right to do so.“
Letter to the editor, Ebony (March 1947)
"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.
This gallery of images illustrates the untold story of African-American GIs and Germany and the transnational implications of the African-American civil rights movement.
By illuminating the experience of World War II, the postwar period, as well as the emergence of the civil rights movement and black power solidarity in East and West Germany, it provides a small glimpse into the wealth of photographs that will be made available through our digital archive. For another selection of images, see our exhibition.