In Colin Powell's autobiography "My American Journey," he wrote of his tour of duty in West Germany in 1958 that for " ...
black GIs, especially those out of the South, Germany was a breath of freedom — they could go where they wanted, eat where they wanted and date whom they wanted, just like other people.
The Nazis' racial purity laws also targeted gypsies (Roma), homosexuals, people with mental disabilities and black people.
Both the American writer and civil rights activist W. They later wrote that they experienced far less discrimination in Germany than they had in the U. When Adolf Hitler came to power in 1932, the racist policies of the Nazis impacted other groups besides the Jews.The relatively low numbers of black people in Germany, their wide dispersal across the country and the Nazis' focus on the Jews were some factors that made it possible for many black Germans to survive the war.The next influx of black people to Germany came in the wake of World War II when many African-American GIs were stationed in Germany.One report by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance estimates there are 200,000 to 300,000 black people living in Germany, although other sources guess that number is higher, upwards of 800,000.Regardless of the specific numbers, which don't exist, black people are a minority in Germany, but they still are present and have played an important role in the country's history. Some historians claim that the first, sizable influx of Africans came to Germany from Germany's African colonies in the 19th century.Prussia's South West African colony was the site of the first mass genocide committed by Germans in the 20th century.In 1904, German colonial troops countered a revolt with the massacre of three-quarters of the Herero population in what is now Namibia.Estimates vary, but by the 1920s, there were about 10,000 to 25,000 black people in Germany, most of them in Berlin or other metropolitan areas.Until the Nazis came to power, black musicians and other entertainers were a popular element of the nightlife scene in Berlin and other large cities.Which is disappointing, because they are really adorable. According to folklore, good kids get their stockings filled.Bad kids get a bag of ashes and a beating from good old Saint Nick. Once you marry a German, the holiday season will never be the same again.