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Growing up as a black child in post-war Germany

In the immediate aftermath of World War Two, thousands of children were born to white German women and black American soldiers who were stationed in Allied-occupied Germany.

The mixed-race infants were viewed with contempt by many Germans and subjected to constant abuse.

Black activist and author Ika Hügel-Marshall was one of the so-called "occupation babies".

She recalls the painful struggle to discover her own identity as a result of the racism she experienced growing up black in post-war Germany.

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