Hitler's Black Victims: The Historical Experiences of European Blacks, Africans and African Americans During the Nazi Era

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Drawing on interviews with the black survivors of Nazi concentration camps and archival research in North America, Europe, and Africa, this book documents and analyzes the meaning of Nazism's racial policies towards people of African descent, specifically those born in Germany, England, France, the United States, and Africa, and the impact of that legacy on contemporary race relations in Germany, and more generally, in Europe. The book also specifically addresses the concerns of those surviving Afro-Germans who were victims of Nazism, but have not generally been included in or benefited from the compensation agreements that have been developed in recent years.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415932950
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/13/2002
  • Series: Crosscurrents in African American History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 648,097
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Clarence Lusane is Assistant Professor at the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Part 1. Beyond a White German Past
Introduction: Black in Germany during the Nazi Era: The Undiscovered Country 3
1. "Look, a Negro!": The Structuring of Black Marginality in Nazi Germany 21
Part 2. Blackness before Hitler
2. Negrophobia and Nationalism: An Epigrammatic History of African-German Encounters 43
3. Soldiers of Misfortune, Children of Misfortune: Black Troops and the Race Question in Pre-Nazi Germany 69
Part 3. "The Worst That You Can Imagine:" Blacks and Nazism
4. Hitler's Black Dilemmas: The Face and Fact of Blackness under Nazism 95
5. Made in America, Perfected in Germany: The Nazi Sterilization Program against Blacks 129
6. Behind the Wire: Black Captives of Nazism 145
7. Imagining Blackness: Negrophobia and the Nazi Propaganda Machine 179
8. "Nigger Music Must Disappear": Jazz and the Disruption of Cultural Purity 195
9. Punched Out and Overrun: Black Athleticism Meets Nazi Racism 215
10. Blacks in the Resistance Movement 231
Part 4. Black Skins, German Masks: Blackness in Contemporary Germany
11. European (Dis)union: Racism and Antiracism in Contemporary Europe 247
12. Breathing while Black: Linking the German Racial Past with the Present 259
Appendices 267
Notes 271
Bibliography 293
Index 305
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