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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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Press

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Press Coverage

Audio

Interview with Maria Höhn - The Library Cafe
www.library-cafe.blogspot.de - April 02, 2014
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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

 

Print

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

 

2014:

Michael Graupner: Konversion mal anders
ruprecht - Heidelberger Studentenzeitung - July 26, 2014
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"Restaging the USA"
Die Stadtredaktion - July 02, 2014
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Ein Atemzug der Freiheit. Prof. Dr. Maria Höhn (Vassar College/USA) über afroamerikanische GIs und den Kampf um die Bürgerrechte / Ein Beitrag zum Rahmenprogramm des diesjährigen Hohen Friedensfestes / Am 25. Juli 2014 um 15.00 Uhr in der "Halle 116" (Sheridan-Park)
Pressestelle Universität Augsburg - Juni 2014
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Marcela Guimaraes: East Chapel Hill High School hosts exhibit on African- American soldiers
www.dailytarheel.com - April 14, 2014
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East 1st to host civil rights exhibit
Chapel Hill News - April 13, 2014
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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
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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
> more

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
> more

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
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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
> View as PDF

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
> View as PDF
> more


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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