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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)

 




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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Press

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For further information about the NAACP Julius E. Williams Distinguished Community Service Award 2009, please visit: www.aacvr-germany.org/award

 

 

Press Coverage

Audio

Interview with Maria Höhn
August 2009


Theo Schneider: Interview with Maria Höhn I

SWR


Theo Schneider: Interview with Maria Höhn II

SWR


Interview with Martin Klimke, “Der Atemzug der Freiheit - Black Power in Deutschland: Schwarze GIs und die US-Bürgerrechtsbewegung“
SWR2, Journal am Mittag - July 14, 2009

 

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2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

 

2014:

Drexel Now: Professor Gregory Cooke’s New Film on Black American WWII Soldiers Makes Philadelphia Debut at Drexel
www.drexel.edu/now - March 10, 2014
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Chris Flora: OV couple featured in television documentary
Explorer Newspaper - March 19, 2014
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Karl Weisel: Breath of Freedom
Herald Union - March 12, 2014
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Erik Trautmann: Breath of Freedom at Stamford High
The Hour - March 11, 2014
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Karl Weisel: 'Breath of Freedom': Capturing aspects of the black American experience
www.army.mil - March 11, 2014
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Aisha I. Jefferson: Smithsonian Channel Exec On the Network’s Commitment to Black-Centric Programming

www.xfinite.comcast.net - March 6, 2014
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Veronica M. Cruz: Oro Valley couple part of post-WWII documentary
Arizona Daily Star - March 1, 2014
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Veronica M. Cruz: Documentary explores life in postwar Germany for African-American servicemembers
Stars and Stripes - March 1, 2014
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Black Soldiers Experience Breath of Freedom
Hudson Valley Press Online - February 27, 2014
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Jedhel Somera: Civil Rights
AFN Europe Update - February 26, 2014
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John W. Barry: 'Breath of Freedom:' Local African-American GIs recall life during, after WWII
Poughkeepsie Journal - February 26, 2014
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John W. Barry: Cuba Gooding Jr., Vassar College and Poughkeepsie vets come together in new documentary

Poughkeepsie Journal - February 17, 2014
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Jerry Mitchell: 'Breath of Freedom' tells story of African-American soldiers in WWII (video)
www.vipjacksonmag.com - February 17, 2014
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David Hinckley: 'Breath of Freedom,' TV review
NY Daily News - February 17, 2014
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John W. Barry: Film honors black GIs in WWII
Poughkeepsie Journal - February 16
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New Film about the US Civil Rights Struggle Inspired by Work of NYUAD Professor
Salaam: The NYUAD Blog - February 16, 2014
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Jerry Large: WWII soldiers’ experience abroad fed freedom fight back home
The Seattle Times - February 16, 2014
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Gerald D. Swick: 'Breath of Freedom' on Smithsonian Channel
www.HistoryNet.com - February 10, 2014
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Vassar Info: Documentary on little-told story of Black GIs in post-WWII Germany to premiere February 17 on Smithsonian Channel, inspired by professor Maria Höhn's research

www.info.vassar.edu - February 7, 2014
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Neil Genzlinger: Fighters for Freedom Abroad Found Another Battle at Home. ‘Breath of Freedom,’ on Smithsonian Channel
The New York Times - February 16, 2014
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Vassar Info: Breath of Freedom
www.info.vassar.edu - January 31, 2014
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Smithonian Channel: Make Your Mark Teachers - Share "Breath of Freedom" in your Classroom
www.smithsonianchannelmakeyourmark.com
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TV News Desk: Cuba Gooding Jr. to Narrate Smithsonian Channel's "Breath of Freedom," 2/17
www.broadwayworld.com - January 23, 2014
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2013:

Photo Exhibit to Commemorate the March On Washington’s Fiftieth Anniversary
www.info.vassar.edu
> more

Linda Marston-Reid: Freed's enduring photos of march part of
exhibit
Poughkeepsie Journal - October 10, 2013
> more

Alxis Clark: A Black Nurse, a German Soldier and an Unlikely WWII Romance
The New York Times - May 15, 2013
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Davidson College celebrates Black History Month
Lake Norman Citizen - January 26, 2013

 

2011:

Stephanie Siek: 'Brown babies' long search for family, identity
CNN.com - November 20, 2011
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A Window to the African-American Wartime Experience
The Diplomat - Franklin & Marshall's online newsletter - November 10, 2011

Civil rights and the world
The Chapel Hill News - October 12, 2011
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Walker Minot: New exhibit in Stone Center focuses on African-American soldiers during Cold War era
The Daily Tar Heel - September 22, 2011
> more us kopie

Chris Vitiello: Black GIs and Germans found solidarity against fascism and racism. Wars at home and abroad
www.indyweek.com - Sepember 21, 2011
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Exhibition highlights blacks and Germans
The Triangle Tribune - September 11, 2011

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Cliff Bellamy: Exhibit focuses on black GIs
The Herald Sun - September 7, 2011

Stephen Lilienthal: Double Nickels For Your Thoughts
East Washington Life - August 2011

Jost Dülffer: Maria Höhn / Martin Klimke: A Breath of Freedom
sehepunkte - Ausgabe 11 (2011), Nr. 7/8
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Eric Kotila: African-American GIs in Germany
European News - The IES Newsletter, Volume 11, Issue 1, Spring 2011
> more / View PDF

Heather Kinney: African American GIs depicted in photo exhibition
www.redandblack.com - March 22, 2011
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Lucas Lamberty: Heidelberg - ein Hort der Freiheit
Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung - March 18, 2011
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Molly Dyal: African American Soldiers in WWII Exhibit at Ole Miss
The Mississippian Daily - February 25, 2011

Molly Dyal: African American Soldiers in WWII Exhibit at University Museum
mollydyal blog - February 21, 2011
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Hiya Swanhuyser: “Germany? Really? Cool!“
SF Weekly - January 12, 2011
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2010:

Nancy Montgomery: Attitudes, lifestyle in WWII Germany helped to end segregation in States
Stars & Stripes - December 21, 2010
> more

Maria Höhn and Martin Klimke: The Military at a Crossroads Again
History News Network

The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany
Academic Archives - December 13, 2010
> more

Ron Jacobs: Black Liberation in an Occupied Land
www.counterpunch.org - December 3-5, 2010
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Joseph Rearick: Panel focuses on Black Panthers in Germany
The Miscellany News - November 17, 2010

Peter Köpf: ‘We don’t struggle alone’ How the GDR exploited the struggle for freedom of African-Americans
The Atlantic Times - November 2010
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Zoë Carpenter: Forum to explore links between Black Panthers, German radicals
Poughkeepsie Journal - November 12, 2010
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African American Civil Rights and Germany
Augsburg University magazine eMAG - July 2010
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Beth Trickett: A Breath of Freedom: African American GIs and Germany
Vassar - The Alumnae/i Quarterly - Winter 2010, Vol. 106, Issue 1
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Jennifer Howard: Archive Watch: Civil Rights Over There
The Chronicle of Higher Education - April 2, 2010
> more
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2009:

Peter Köpf: Schwarze Befreier
TAZ - December 12, 2009
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Niels Seibert: Ausstellung Kampf um Bürgerrechte
Neues Deutschland - December 9, 2009
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Peter Köpf: Racism is everywhere - Historians debate German anti-Semitism and American racism
The Atlantic Times - November 2009
> more

Henning Hoff: Blackface Filmmaker Sparks a Race Debate in Germany
Time - November 18, 2009
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Kelly Shout: Vassar, Höhn assemble top Civil Rights scholars
The Miscellany News - October 26, 2009


Peter Köpf: Rassismus, Amerikas größter Exportartikel
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - October 14, 2009
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Sebastian Moll: Kongress in New York - Bürgerbewegung und Bürgerrechte
Frankfurter Rundschau - October 07, 2009
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Chelsea Peterson-Salahuddin: Palmer exhibit captures Civil Rights Movement abroad
The Miscellany News - October 7, 2009

Devin Griffin: German Historical Institute brings MLKJ exhibit to Vassar
The Miscellany News - October 4, 2009

Aashim Usgaonkar: Photography exhibit attended by mostly faculty and guest, few students
The Miscellany News - October 4, 2009


The Civil Rights Struggle, African-American GIs, and Germany to Open at the Palmer Gallery
www.artdaily.org - September 13, 2009
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Matthias Reiss: Prisoners like us
The Atlantic Times - September 2009
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Peter H. Köpf: Charly Lucas' big mistake
The Atlantic Times - September 2009
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Kate Goldsmith: Local participation sought for black history project
Nothern Dutchess News - September 2, 2009
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Jana Lambur: GIs verbrüderten sich mit Studenten
Nahe Zeitung - August 31, 2009
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Klaus-Peter Müller: Schwarze GIs erfuhren Freiheit
Nahe Zeitung - July 19, 2009
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Peter Köpf: Die Fräuleins der Freiheit
Rheinischer Merkur - July 09, 2009
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Multimedia Project on African-American GIs in Germany Is Honored by the NAACP
JBHE Weekly Bulletin - July 2009
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Peter H. Köpf: Should they be allowed? What happens when German historians research racism in America?
The African Times - July 2009
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Anke Herbert: Preisgekrönt: Schwarze GIs und die Pfalz
Die Rheinpfalz - July 27, 2009
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Jennifer H. Svan: Historians study black vets’ role in civil rights
Stars and Stripes - July 19, 2009
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Peter H. Köpf: Should they be allowed? What happens when German historians research racism in America?
The Atlantic Times - July 2009
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Anke Herbert: “Erstmals als Mensch behandelt worden“
Die Rheinpfalz - June 6, 2009
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Anke Herbert: Daten und Fakten: Die Ausstellung
Die Rheinpfalz - June 6, 2009
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Anke Herbert: “Ramstein 2“ im Bild
Die Rheinpfalz - May 29, 2009
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Anke Herbert: Zur Sache: Kampf um die Bürgerrechte
Die Rheinpfalz - May 29, 2009
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Anke Herbert: Studenten mischen altes Kino auf
Die Rheinpfalz - May 26, 2009
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Mara Delius: “W.E.B. Du Bois reiste 1936 durch Deutschland“
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) - March 25, 2009
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Katja Gelinsky: Paradoxical Freedom: The Second World War and America's Civil Rights Activists
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - January 16, 2009
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Anke Herbert: „Schwarze Panther“ und die „Fräuleins“ – Wie die Rheinland-Pfälzerin Maria Höhn als US-Professorin die gemeinsame Nachkriegszeit aufarbeitet
Die Rheinpfalz - January 5, 2009
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Anke Herbert: Zur Sache: Was sich hinter „Ramstein 2“ verbirgt
Die Rheinpfalz - January 5, 2009
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2008:

Katja Gelinsky: German Lessons. Obama wmissas not the first: Martin Luther King too was enthusiastically welcomed in Berlin
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - November 26, 2008
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