A lthough the guns on the western front fell silent, literally with military precision, at the striking of the 11th hour on 11 November , the end of war did not mark the coming of peace. The convulsions and instability that had been let loose upon the world continued to play out in ways that no armistice could prevent, and to ends that often suited the interests of the victors. A century after the end of the first world war, few of those convulsions are well remembered in Britain. The centenary of the Russian revolution came and went without much fanfare, as will the anniversary of the German revolution. One of the many effects and after-effects of the first world war that have been forgotten is the way in which the war challenged the racial hierarchies of the early 20th century and how, in and the early s, those hierarchies were violently reasserted. This is part of a wider amnesia.
Germany's 'Brown Babies': The Difficult Identities of Post-War Black Children of GIs
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Since , many remarkable black men and women did not receive obituaries in The New York Times. By Alexis Clark. And sometimes they were just referred to as mutts. Their fathers were usually transferred elsewhere and their mothers risked social repercussions by keeping them, so the babies were placed in orphanages. But when Mabel Grammer, an African-American journalist, became aware of the orphaned children, she stepped in. She and her husband, an army chief warrant officer stationed in Mannheim, and later Karlsruhe, adopted 12 of them, and Grammer found homes for others.
Persecution of black people in Nazi Germany
These drivers of the th Quartermaster Truck Company, 82nd Airborne Division, who chalked up 20, miles each without an accident, since arriving in the European Theater of Operations. National Archives Identifier: During the 50th anniversary of World War II, as we honor those Americans who undauntedly and courageously contributed to the defense of our nation, often overlooked in our remembrances are the valiant efforts of African Americans. Throughout the war years they repeatedly had to battle adversaries on two fronts: the enemy overseas and racism at home. Black Americans recognized the paradox of fighting a world war for the "four freedoms" while being subjected to prejudicial practices in the United States.
The German census does not poll residents on race, following World War II, so there is no definitive number of the population of black people in Germany. Some historians claim that the first, sizable influx of Africans came to Germany from Germany's African colonies in the 19th century. Some black people living in Germany today can claim ancestry dating back five generations to that time. Prussia's South West African colony was the site of the first mass genocide committed by Germans in the 20th century.