GIs and Fr�uleins The German-American Encounter in 1950s West Germany

ISBN-10: 0807853755
ISBN-13: 9780807853757
Edition: 2002
Authors: Maria H�hn
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List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 7/15/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

With the outbreak of the Korean War, the poor, rural West German state of Rhineland-Palatinate became home to some of the largest American military installations outside the United States. InGIs and Fruleins, Maria Hhn offers a rich social history of this German-American encounter and provides new insights into how West Germans negotiated their transition from National Socialism to a consumer democracy during the 1950s. Focusing on the conservative reaction to the American military presence, Hhn shows that Germany's Christian Democrats, though eager to be allied politically and militarily with the United States, were appalled by the apparent Americanization of daily life and the decline in morality that accompanied the troops to the provinces. Conservatives condemned the jazz clubs and striptease parlors that Holocaust survivors from Eastern Europe opened to cater to the troops, and they expressed scorn toward the German women who eagerly pursued white and black American GIs. While most Germans rejected the conservative effort to punish as prostitutes all women who associated with American GIs, they vilified the sexual relationships between African American men and German women. Hohn demonstrates that German anxieties over widespread Americanization were always debates about proper gender norms and racial boundaries, and that while the American military brought democracy with them to Germany, they also brought Jim Crow.

Maria H ohn is associate professor of history at Vassar College.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
". . . and Then the Americans Came Again"
Living with the New Neighbors
When Jim Crow Came to the German Heimat
Heimat in Turmoil
Controlling the "Veronikas" and "Soldiers' Brides"
Keeping America at Bay
Punishing the "Veronikas"
The Kaiserslautern Steinstrasse Affair
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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