Out of the 95,000 US Occupation babies born in Germany shortly after WWII, there were approximately 5000 of us, post WWII Afro-German children, so-called Negro mulatto babies, better known as German ‘Brown Babies.’ Born to German women and African-American soldiers, the SPD (Social Democratic Party of Germany) deemed that we formed a special group, presenting a human and racial problem of a special nature. Our national and cultural heritage [and perhaps even our religious birthright] were seen to be in direct contrast to our skin color. Many of us were put in German foster care, orphanages, or adopted by German families or African American military and civilian families. Learn more about post WWII Afro-German Children at BGCS
Excerpt from Essay: My Soul Has Found Its Home:
“I finished my Intro class and found a wonderful Rabbi to sponsor my conversion. I eventually became a member of his synagogue. However, navigating through the Jewish community was not easy. I was beyond happy to have found my way back to my religious roots. However, it had never occurred to me that some people would not be glad to see me; not welcome me because of my brown skin.
Throughout the years, I’ve developed wonderful friendships with Jews of all colors, and I will cherish them forever. I’ve also been subject to racism, prejudice, rude and insensitive behavior in the Jewish community. Some Jews assume that I’m not Jewish because I’m not white. Some, even after hearing my story, still question my Jewishness or insist that I’m only half Jewish even though I’ve converted as well. And then there are others who just don’t understand that I don’t want their attention; that I didn’t want to have to write this essay.”
A German Jewish ‘Brown Baby’
Meine Familie und Freunde
Klal Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael
Creating stain glass art
Dancing, Passionate about Raqs Sharqi
Reading, Historical Romance Novels by Beverly Jenkins and Bertrice Smalls, Tananarive Due’s African Immortal Series, Octavia Butler, Rabbi Harold Kushner-Inspirational and list goes on!
Cooking, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
Baking, (I’m so good)
Foreign and Independent films, Documentaries, Happy tear jerkers
Music, All genres. Big fan of Middle Eastern music (best for Raq Sharqi) Big Jazz Vocalist fan: Ella, Carmen, Betty Carter, Lorez, Nancy, Dinah, Sarah, the list goes on.
Traveling! “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”
I love being at the ocean, smelling the ocean air, hearing the seagulls and watching the ebb and flow of the waves. Best of all, I love watching the sun set over the ocean, and preferably with mein Mann.
(Notice I didn’t say anything about getting “in” the ocean. I’m a pool person)