All Black Lives Matter Speaker Series

“Black GI Children in Post World War II Europe”

Tuesday, June 29; 1:30 – 3:00

Online Platform: Zoom

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This panel discussion will explore children fathered by Black American GIs who were stationed in Europe during and after World War II and whose mothers were local citizens. The discussion emerges from a special edition of the journal “zeitgeschichte” with a focus on “Black GI Children in Post-World War II Europe.” The five authors examined the social and official treatment of the Black GI children and their mothers in the USA, the UK, West Germany, and Austria, exploring their experiences and self-conceptions and discussing/analyzing issues including their placement in homes, the strategy of youth welfare agencies of putting these children up for adoption abroad, and how the children were received in segregated America in the 1940s and 1950s.

This panel will not only present the publication but also elaborate on its origins. The authors will discuss, partly with each other and partly with the audience, various aspects of the research on which their individual contributions were based. This discussion will be moderated by Vanessa Spanbauer.