Race After Hitler: Black Occupation Children in Postwar Germany and America

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Princeton University Press, 2005 - History - 263 pages
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"Clearly written, forcefully argued, very well researched and documented, and highly original, "Race after Hitler" is a major contribution to our understanding of the transformation of postwar German society and its complex relationship with the United States. This book will also be of great interest to students of gender, race, and ethnicity. A truly splendid accomplishment."--Omer Bartov, Brown University

"Heide Fehrenbach has written a fascinating and compelling tale of the children born after 1945 of unmarried German mothers and African American GI fathers. This brilliant example of the new international history will attract a wide readership on both sides of the Atlantic."--Thomas Borstelmann, coauthor of "Created Equal"

"At once sophisticated in concept and fully accessible, "Race after Hitler" is written with the mature fluency and authoritativeness of a seasoned historian and storyteller. The book is full of rich and evocative evidence and persuasive arguments that will give students and specialists alike much to debate and ponder."--Dagmar Herzog, Graduate Center, City University of New York

""Race after Hitler" will have a significant impact that extends well beyond the community of those who study modern German history. It offers extremely interesting insights into how to think about the categories in which racial difference is articulated and expressed, and provides an exceptionally rich model of how to write a complex historical account. It is a major accomplishment that will change the way we think about German attitudes toward race in the aftermath of the Third Reich."--Robert Moeller, University of California-Irvine

"An exemplary model of the new transnational history with a strongly sociocultural bent, Heide Fehrenbach's pathbreaking book will be of great interest to historians of the United States and Germany alike."--V. R. Berghahn, Columbia University

 

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Contents

Democratizing the Racial State Toward a Transnational History
1
Contact Zones American Military Occupation and the Politics of Race
17
Flaccid Fatherland Rape Sex and the Reproductive Consequences of Defeat
46
Mischlingskinder and the Postwar Taxonomy of Race
74
Reconstruction in Black and White The Toxi Films
107
Whose Children Theirs or Ours? Intercountry Adoptions and Debates about Belonging
132
Legacies Race and the Postwar Nation
169
Abbreviations of Archives Consulted
189
Notes
191
Select Bibliography
247
Index
257
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Heide Fehrenbach is assistant professor of history at Colgate University.

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