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African-American GIs and German radicals: an unexpected alliance

4 mins | Jul 17, 2019
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Analysing the power of organising, even between seemingly disparate groups. In the late 1960s, young people were leading movements all over the world to oppose war, imperialism, and racism. In Germany, historian Maria Höhn reflects for JSTOR Daily on the odd pairing of radical German students and black US soldiers. "The collaboration led to the creation of an underground newspaper, Voice of the Lumpen. Its most significant work was following the case of the 'Ramstein Two' — two Black Panthers and former GIs who were arrested after exchanging fire with a German civilian guard outside Ramstein air base. Organizing around the trial gave activists a chance to draw attention to connections between American and German racism, and to West Germany’s collaboration with U.S. foreign policy."
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