Children of World War II: The Hidden Enemy Legacy

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There is a hidden legacy of war that is rarely talked about: the children of native civilians and enemy soldiers. What is their fate?This book unearths the history of the thousands of forgotten children of World War II, including its prelude and aftermath during the Spanish Civil War and the Allied occupation of Germany. It looks at liaisons between German soldiers and civilian women in the occupied territories, and the Nazi Lebensborn program of racial hygiene. It also considers the children of African-American ...
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Overview

There is a hidden legacy of war that is rarely talked about: the children of native civilians and enemy soldiers. What is their fate?This book unearths the history of the thousands of forgotten children of World War II, including its prelude and aftermath during the Spanish Civil War and the Allied occupation of Germany. It looks at liaisons between German soldiers and civilian women in the occupied territories, and the Nazi Lebensborn program of racial hygiene. It also considers the children of African-American soldiers and German women. The authors examine what happened when the foreign solders went home and discuss the policies adopted towards these children by the Nazi authorities as well as postwar national governments. Personal testimonies from the children themselves reveal the continued pain and shame of being children of the enemy.Case studies are taken from France, Germany, the Netherlands, Czechoslovakia, Norway, Denmark and Spain.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845202071
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 10/7/2005
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Kjersti Ericsson is Professor of Criminology at the University of Oslo and Eva Simonsen is Researcher in Special Needs Education at the University of Oslo.

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Table of Contents

War, Cultural Loyalty and Gender: Danish Women's Intimate Fraternisation—Anette Warring,
• War Children: Foundlings of Europe?—Eva Simonsen
• Besatzungskinder and Wehrmachtskinder: Germany's War Children—Ebba Drolshagen.
• Black German' Occupation children': Objects of Study in the Continuity of German Race Anthropology—Yara-Colette Lemke Muniz de Faria
• Enfants de Boches: The War Children of France—Fabrice Virgili
• Life Stories of German-Norwegian War Children—Kjersti Ericsson and Dag Ellingsen
• Challenges for War Children in Denmark—Arne Øland
• Ideology and the Psychology of War Children in Franco's Spain—Michael Richards
• German Mother and Czech Father/Czech Mother and German Father-The Alchemy of Nationality and Collective Identity in Their Children—Michal Simunek
• Meant to be Deported Lars Borgersrud
• The Norwegian War Children and their Mothers: A summary of their History During the War and the First Postwar Period—Kåre Olsen
• Stigma and Silence: Dutch Women, German Soldiers and their Children—Monika Diederichs
• A Topic for Life: Women and Men Born in a German Lebensborn Home—Dorothee Schmitz-Köster

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