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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
African people have been a presence in Europe for thousands of years. As the author notes, "Julius Caesar brought Black legions to Germany, and many never returned." A significant percentage lived in Germany until the sixteenth century. In more recent decades, French African troops and African American troops were in Germany during World War l. Some left children there and a handful even stayed to live. In World War II African American soldiers fought there again. Some remained for the occupation and some retired there. Again, some came home leaving their children, who, according to various articles, were believed to have "special problems." Also after World War II, American families lived on army and air force bases all over Germany and attended American schools there, including African American families.
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