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Germany's'brownbabies'go
insearchoftheirAmerican
fathers:Theextraordinary
storyofthousandsof
wartimechildrenbornto
Germanmothersandblack
GIs
ByDAILYMAILREPORTER
UPDATED:03:00GMT,22November2011

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TheinterracialchildrenofblackAmericansoldiersandwhite
GermanwomenwhoweretheproductofpostWorldWarIIlove
affairswereshippedoutofGermanybythethousandsinthewake
ofracialintolerance.
Now,decadeslater,thestoriesofhowthesechildrenweresentto
liveinblackadoptivehomessoastobemore'sociallyaccepted'
intheU.S.duringthetimeofracialsegregationarefinallycoming
tolight.
Upto5,000ofthesechildren,called'brownbabies'wereshipped
outofGermanyafterWorldWarII,andmanyareslowlytryingto
piecetogethertheirpersonalhistories.

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Alone:ThousandsofbabiesbornoutofinterracialrelationshipsinGermanyafter
thesecondWorldWarwereputupforadoptionduetoracialtensions

Mixed:Motherswhoraisedbrownbabiesfacedcriticisminmostlywhite
Germany

Becauseoftheirheritage,thechildrenfacedatroublingamountof
racismfrombothsidesoftheirfamilies.
ThiswasthetimeofsegregationinAmerica,whenracistJim
Crowlawskeptwhitesandblacksapartinpublicplacesdictating
that'separatebutequal'facilitiesbeused.
TheculturalclimatewasnotmuchbetterinGermany,asthe
mothersstoodoutwiththeirdarkskinnedchildreninamostly
whitecountry.Manywerecalled'negerhueren'ornegrowhores.
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Thestoriesofthechildrencaughtinthemiddleoftheracial
tensionsintwocountriesisthesubjectofanewdocumentary,
BrownBabies:TheMischlingskinderStory.
Thefilm,whichwonthebestdocumentaryawardattheAmerican
BlackFilmFestivalinJuly,tellsthestoriesofsomeofthechildren
whowereseparatedfromtheirparentsandputupforadoptionby
blackfamiliesintheU.S.afterAmericanmilitaryofficialsheardof
thepregnancies.

Shippedaway:ThousandsofchildrenweresenttoAmericaandadoptedbyblack
familiesintheStatesinhopesthattheywouldlooklikeabetterfit

ThefraternizationbetweenblackAmericansoldiersandGerman
women,whilefrownedupon,wasnotlegallyforbidden,whereas
anypublicinteractionbetweenblacksandwhitewomeninthe
U.S.wasoutlawedatthetime.
oftheapproximate95,000childrenbornfromrelationships
betweenU.S.soldiersandEuropeanwomenduringthe
occupation,5,000wereconsideredbrownbabies.
ThousandswereadoptedbyAmericanfamilieswhilesome
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remainedinGermany,withthedispersionleavingholesinthe
personalhistoriesofthechildren.
'Therewerealotofpeoplewhowerecaughtbetweentwo
countries,twowarringnations.Andweallowedthosechildrento
beabandoned,andpeopleshouldknowthat,'saidReginaGriffen,
thejournalistwhocreatedthedocumentary.

Familytrees:Someofthe'brownbabies'havespentyearsandthousandsof
dollarsinattemptstotracetheirfamilytree

Sisters:Becauseonlycertainchildrenweresentaway,somefamiliesgrewup
withoutknowingwhotheywereactuallyrelatedto,orwheretheywere

Thoughshewasnotoneofsaidbrownbabies,MsGriffenwas
movedtoresearchtheprojectafterreadingabookbyafamily
friendabouthersearchforherparents.
'It'sapartofourhistory.It'snotjustAfricanAmericanhistory,it's
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notjustAmericanhistory,it'sworldhistory,'MsGriffentoldCNN.
Thereisanewfoundurgencyintheplightofthechildrenwho
hopetoputthepuzzlepiecesoftheirfamilytreetogetherbecause
timeisnotontheirsideastheirbirthparentsgetolderandpeople
withtheanswersstarttodie.

Highalert:Tensions,bothracialandpolitical,werehighinEuropeafterWWII

HenrietteCain,59,isonesuchbrownbabywhowasraisedin
Rockford,Illinois.Sinceshestartedinvestigatingherpast,she
hasfoundherbiologicalsisterwholivedinGermany,tracedher
motherwhomarriedawhiteU.S.soldierandnowlivesinVirginia,
andlocatedherfatherthoughhehaddiedbeforetheycould
connect.
'People'smothersarepassingaway,theirfathersarepassing
away,andpeoplearestartingtowonderwhotheyare,'saidMs
Cain.

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