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Invisible Woman: Growing Up Black in Germany (New Directions in German-American Studies) New Edition
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Postscript: As a white contemporary of Ika's I had many class/playmates who were black, with family backgrounds similar to hers. Certainly the Catholic institution (Jugenddorf Klinge in Seckach/Baden) were I spent some years, was not guilty of evil such as experienced by Ika. For a long time now I have wondered about the subsequent fates of my special friend Monika and the other girls I knew.
Ms. Marshall's harsh treatment at the hands of the staff at the home she was sent to as a child sheds light on the brutal and uncaring treatment many children, especially children of color, still experience today. Her writing is both personal and informative (she quotes several government documents of her childhood that "institutionalized" the racist treatment of Afro-Germans) and draws the reader into her story so that one cannot help but become caught up with her as she tells it. I found it difficult to put it down.
That she survived such a childhood and has become both a strong woman and outspoken opponent of racism in Germany, is a testement to her inner power and strength, as well as to the love she received from her mother before she was taken from her at the age of six years old.
Ms. Marshall is still fighting the demons of racism in a country that carries its nationalism in it's breast pocket, as it were. It's not that bad in the US of A...yet.
The book ideally should be read along with Hans Massaquoi's "Born to Witness: growing up Black in Nazi Germany".
The detailed social/historic context of his story paints a vivid backdrop to the arrival of the next generation of Black Germans like Ika.Read more ›
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This book was good but have read a book about the editor of ebony who was raised in Germany during the hitler regime that book was awesomePublished on March 19, 2014 by gordon
The content and subject of this book was excellent; however, the "like new" condition was not as advertised. Read morePublished on August 31, 2013 by New Creature
Having read "Destined to Wintess" and finding it one of the best books I have ever read on a subject I was especially interested in considering that being from Europe myself (the... Read morePublished on September 19, 2007 by Gogol
This was my second time reading this book. The first time i read it, I simply thought, " another tragic mullatto",. Read morePublished on July 13, 2005 by F. Beard
This book was terrible. All the author does is whine. After the first few chapters it gets tiring to keep reading about how everything that goes wrong in her life is because of... Read morePublished on January 13, 2004