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Transatlantic Perceptions: Afro-Germans in West Germany and in the U.S., 1962-1970

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In 1952, the West German Parliament debated the fate of Afro-Germans referred to as Mischlingskinder (approx. 3,500), born to white German women and African American occupation soldiers. As Rosemarie Lester stated, 1952 became the “year of the Black Germans”, for print media, the government, anthropologists, psychologists and sociologists focused on them. Using print media of a broad political spectrum, Afro-German autobiographies and interviews with Afro-Germans born between 1946 and 1956, my paper explores the perceptions of Black Germans growing up in West Germany and the U.S. What were their lives in the wake of the 1952 debates? To what extent did the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, the Student and Black Power Movements shape their perceptions and identities in both West Germany and the U.S.?
My paper seeks to add to the historiography of the so-called black “occupation children” or "Brown Babies" by incorporating extensive oral history, discourse analysis, autobiographies and new scholarship on the history of African Americans and Germans.
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Jones, S. Marina. "Transatlantic Perceptions: Afro-Germans in West Germany and in the U.S., 1962-1970" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, Sep 29, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p435882_index.html>

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Jones, S. , 2010-09-29 "Transatlantic Perceptions: Afro-Germans in West Germany and in the U.S., 1962-1970" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p435882_index.html

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Abstract: In 1952, the West German Parliament debated the fate of Afro-Germans referred to as Mischlingskinder (approx. 3,500), born to white German women and African American occupation soldiers. As Rosemarie Lester stated, 1952 became the “year of the Black Germans”, for print media, the government, anthropologists, psychologists and sociologists focused on them. Using print media of a broad political spectrum, Afro-German autobiographies and interviews with Afro-Germans born between 1946 and 1956, my paper explores the perceptions of Black Germans growing up in West Germany and the U.S. What were their lives in the wake of the 1952 debates? To what extent did the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, the Student and Black Power Movements shape their perceptions and identities in both West Germany and the U.S.?
My paper seeks to add to the historiography of the so-called black “occupation children” or "Brown Babies" by incorporating extensive oral history, discourse analysis, autobiographies and new scholarship on the history of African Americans and Germans.


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