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“I am happy here in Germany…I got tired of being a second class citizen. I feel like a man now, and people treat me like a man –which is more than I can say about the place where I was born.”

A black GI on his decision to stay in Germany after his tour of duty, from Negro Digest (March 1949)

 




NEWS:

New Documentary:
"Ein Hauch von Freiheit" (Breath of Freedom)
December 16, 10:05pm CET on Arte
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Documentary:
"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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Article:
"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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Publications

Project Publications

A Breath of Freedom: Breath-of-FreedomThe Civil Rights Struggle, AfricanAmerican GIs, and Germany
By Maria Höhn and Martin Klimke
(Palgrave Macmillan, October 2010)
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1 Amis, Cadillacs und “Negerliebchen“: GIs im Nachkriegsdeutschland
By Maria Höhn
(Verlag für Berlin-Brandenburg, 2008)
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2GIs and Fräuleins: The German-American Encounter in 1950s West Germany
By Maria Höhn
(UNC Press, 2002)
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/ read excerpt

 

 

hohn_moonOver There: Living with the U.S. Military Empire from World War Two to the Present
By Maria Höhn and Seungsook Moon, ed.
(Duke University Press, 2010)
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Related Publications

3“The Ticket to Freedom“: The NAACP and the Struggle for Black Political Integration
By Manfred Berg
(University Press of Florida, 2003)
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T4he Cold War and the Color Line: American Race Relations in the Global Arena

Thomas Borstelmann
(Harvard University Press 2003)
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5FORECAAST Series: Forum for European Contributions in African American Studies
Edited by Maria Diedrich, Alessandro Portelli and Justine Tally
(LIT Verlag)
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6Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy

By Mary L. Dudziak
(Princeton University Press, 2002)
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7Race Against Empire: Black Americans and Anticolonialism, 1937–1957

By Penny M. von Eschen
(Cornell University Press, 1997)
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8I Am a Man! Race, Manhood, and the Civil Rights Movement

By Steve Estes
(University of North Carolina Press, 2006)
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9Race After Hitler: Black Occupation Children in Postwar Germany and America
By Heide Fehrenbach
(Princeton University Press, 2005)
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The Brothers' Vietnam War: Black Power, Manhood, and the Military Experience

By Herman Graham III
(University Press of Florida, 2003)
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Walk in Darkness
By Hans Habe
(Kessinger Publishing, 2005)
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10Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I
By Adriane Lentz-Smith
(Harvard University Press, 2009)
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11Hitler's Black Victims: The Historical Experiences of European Blacks, Africans and African Americans During the Nazi Era

By Clarence Lusane
(Routledge, 2002)
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12Remaking Dixie
: The Impact of World War II on the American South

Edited by Neil R. McMillen
(University Press of Mississippi)
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13Fighting in the Jim Crow Army: Black Men and Women Remember World War II
By Maggi Morehouse
(Rowman & Littlefield, 2000)
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14Zwischen Fürsorge und Ausgrenzung: Afrodeutsche 'Besatzungskinder' im Nachkriegsdeutschland
By Yara-Colette Lemke Muniz de Faria
(Metropole Verlag, 2003)
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15Fighting for Democracy: Black Veterans and the Struggle Against White Supremacy in the Postwar South

By Christopher S. Parker
(Princeton University Press, 2009)
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16Rising Wind: Black Americans and U.S. Foreign Affairs, 1935-1960
By Brenda Gayle Plummer
(University Press of North Carolina, 1997)
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17Recasting Race After World War II: Germans and African Americans  in American-Occupied Germany

By Timothy L. Schroer
(University Press of Colorado, 2007)
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19The Last of the Conquerors
By William Gardner Smith
(Signet Books, 1948)
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18The Spirit and the Shotgun: Armed Resistance and the Struggle for Civil Rights
By Simon Wendt
(University Press of Florida, 2007)
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