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“I had lain on the beach many times, but never before with a white girl [...] No one stared as we lay on the beach together, our skins contrasting but our hearts beating identically and both with noses on the center of our faces.  Odd, it seemed to me, that here, in the land of hate, I should find this all-important phase of democracy.  And suddenly I felt bitter.“

William Gardner Smith about the experience of black GIs in Germany, from The Last of the Conquerors (1948)

 




NEWS:

New 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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New Article:
"Freed's enduring photos of march part of exhibit"
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New 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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Associated scholars include:

bergManfred Berg
History Department
University of Heidelberg
Heidelberg, Germany


 

dankeyJames Danky
Project Director African American Journals and Newspapers
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI

 

 

hopinksLeroy Hopkins
German Studies
Millersville State University
Millersville, PA

 

 

Kisiedu Harald Kisiedu
Columbia University
New York, NY

 

 

 

lorenz Sophie Lorenz
History Department
University of Heidelberg
Heidelberg, Germany

 



lundquis Jennifer Lundquist
Department of Sociology
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA

 



mask Mia Mask
Department of Film
Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY

 

 

 

morehouse Maggi Morehouse
History Department
University of South Carolina
Aiken, SC

 

 

ortlepp Anke Ortlepp
Department of American Studies
University of Munich
Munich, Germany

 



pieschePeggy Piesche
German Studies Department
Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY

 

ruettenFelicitas Rütten Jaima
Department of History
New York University
New York, NY

 

 

weisenfeld Judith Weisenfeld
Department of Religion
Princeton University
Princeton, NY





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