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Black History Month in Europe Continues

Two weeks ago, the Atlantic Review and Jewels in the Jungle started a Black History Month to focus on the history of blacks within the context of European history. Black History Month is a good tradition in the United States, Canada and Britain. Germany would benefit from similar efforts to create more awareness and raise the profile of Afro-Germans.
Next week, we will publish and link to articles by two Afro-Germans written for Jewels in the Jungle and Atlantic Review.

In the meantime, some relevant posts on other blogs:
• Check out Che's post about "Deutschland und die Herero – eine unverarbeitete Geschichte" dealing with the German genocide in South-West Africa.
• Riemer-O-Rama has posted a short video about the history of German colonies and links two some audio material about colonial history (in German).
TheYellowDuckPond translates a song by Xavier Naidoo.
There are plenty of books that appear to be interesting:
• Reader Susanne recommends "Invisible Woman: Growing Up Black in Germany" by Ika Hugel-Marshall, reviewed at Colored Girls
• Fellow Fulbrighter Harald Leder emailed this:
Greetings from Baton Rouge in Louisiana! This sounds like a great idea. I am sure that you all are aware of Hans J. Massaquoi's "Destined to Witness" book (German title: Neger, Neger Schornsteinfeger, I think). Not quite African American, but definitely a good book about black persons in Germany in the 20s and beyond during a very difficult time.
There is also a fairly recent scholarly work out on children of mixed relationships by Heide Fehrenbach: Race after Hitler:  Black Occupation Children in Postwar Germany and America (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005). (...)
Of course we celebrated black history at LSU. What intrigues me with the works above is that there is a relationship between Germany and African Americans. I grew up in Ansbach, a town with a huge army base during the Cold War and I still know several African American soldiers who decided to stay there rather than coming back to the US. I think that getting married to a German lady was only part of the story. Its a really interesting topic.
Massaquoi's book has recently been made into a TV movie, as our reader Fuchur pointed out.
Harald wrote about the relationship between African Americans and young
Germans between 45 and 55 in his  not yet published dissertation: "Americans and German
Youth in Nuremberg, 1945-1955: A Study in Politics and Culture." He also highly recommends the memoirs of an African-American soldier, who was stationed in Germany and became one of the best journalists in the US: William Gardener Smith, Last of the Conquerors, 1948.

I have set up a Black History Month shop at aStore and one at aStore, where you find information on all the above mentioned books and the TV movie. (Gardener Smith's book is only available in the US.) Please, let me know, if I should include any additional book or movie in this aStore.

If you haven't read Jewels in the Jungle's recent posts on Black History Month Europe yet, here they are: An introduction to the Invisible Ones, followed by Updates on the BHM-E project status, and Amo's Ghost.
Here is the Atlantic Review's first post about Black History Month in Germany. Check out the many interesting comments, for example those by
Michael Fisher and Axel.

A big Thank You to the supporters of Black History Month in Germany: Ethan Zuckerman, Kayakas!, Gadling, What About Clients?, Did I miss anybody?


Riemer-O-Rama on : Danke für die Erwähnung!

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Bill on :

Below is an addtional link to the ZDF website's October 2006 TV mini-series about Hans-Jürgen Massaquoi's biography "Neger, Neger, Schornsteinfeger" that I hadn't noticed before. There was a nationwide competition for German schoolchildren to write and produce video about the theme "Mein Freund sieht anders aus als ich" (English: My friend looks different than I). The winning class entry got a free trip to Berlin. We could use more of this kind of activity for young school kids in Germany today. ZDF: "Mein Freund sieht anders aus als ich",1872,3979764,00.html

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