1st Edition

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

By Clarence Lusane Copyright 2003

    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.

    Part I: Beyond a White German Past Introduction: Black Germany During the Nazi Era: The Undiscovered Country Chapter 1: Look, a Negro: Structuring Black Marginality in Nazi Germany Part II: Blackness Before Hitler Chapter 2: Aryan Negrophobia: a Epigrammatic History of Black-German Encounters Chapter 3: Soldiers of Misfortune, Children of Misfortune: Black Troops and the Race Question in Pre-Nazi Germany Part III: the Worst That You Can Imagine: Blacks and Nazism Chapter 4: Hiter's Black dilemmas: The Fact of Blackness Under Nazism Chapter 5: Made in America: The Nazi Sterilization Program Against Blacks in Germany Chapter 6: Behind the Wire: Black Captives of Nazism Chapter 7: Singing, Dancing, and Acting for Life: Blacks and the Nazi Propaganda Machines Chapter 8: No Neger Musik: Blacks, Jews, and the Nazi War on Jazz Chapter 9: Punched Out and Overran: Black Athletes' Defeat of Nazism Chapter 10: From the Unknown Underground: Blacks in Resistance Movement Part IV: Black Skins, German Masks: Blackness in Contemporary Germany Chapter 11: European (Dis)Union: Racism in Contemporary Europe Chapter 12: Breathing While Black: Linking the German Racial Past with the Present


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

    "Lusane's book...set the record straight by writing black back into history of the Holocaust from which they...have been excluded in the past." -- Matthias Reiss, GHIL
    "In its attention to almost the full span of the black history in Germany [Lusane's] book comprises the most inclusive study of the black experience to date, bringing together materials hitherto only available in far less accessible." -- Humanities and Social Sciences Online