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“I like this goddamn country, you know that? …It is the first place I was ever treated like a goddamn man.”
William Gardner Smith about the experience of black GIs in Germany, from The Last of the Conquerors (1948)
"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.
A further goal of our research efforts is the dissemination of this fascinating but little explored chapter of German-American relations in the twentieth century. In this section, you will find further information on events, publications and websites related to this story.
We hope that this information provides a first building block that will lead to a much more nuanced and sophisticated sense of how America’s struggle for democracy reverberated across the globe.