By Kjersti Ericsson, Eva Simonsen
There is a hidden legacy of conflict that's hardly spoke of: the kids of local civilians and enemy squaddies. what's their destiny? This ebook finds the background of the millions of forgotten young ones of global conflict II, together with its prelude and aftermath through the Spanish Civil struggle and the Allied profession of Germany. It appears to be like at liaisons among German infantrymen and civilian ladies within the occupied territories and the Nazi Lebensborn application of racial hygiene. It additionally considers the kids of African-American infantrymen and German girls. The authors talk about the rules followed in the direction of those teenagers through the Nazi gurus in addition to postwar nationwide governments. own tales from the youngsters themselves demonstrate the continuing soreness and disgrace of being young children of the enemy. Case reviews are taken from France, Germany, the Netherlands, Czechoslovakia, Norway, Denmark and Spain.
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4 It was a large number out of a population of about four million and on the whole corresponded to the size of the resistance movement after the considerable enrolment during the last months of the war. The extent of the fraternization was a result both of German racial and occupation politics and of the collaboration of the Danish state and Danish society. The occupation arrangement lent a sense of normality to daily life during the first years of the war and allowed German soldiers to have private and intimate relations with the civilian population.
The hair will grow back’, as it was commonly put. But to the women the same punishment and the sexualized violation of the body was an additional source of humiliation and shame and could be very traumatic. It concerned the individual as a whole and could not be expiated. A woman who had her hair cut off in the days of Liberation describes how the character of the punishment made it difficult to work through. ‘It didn’t ruin my life, but it has followed me and marked me for life. If it had been something that was finished either with a sentence or something else, there would have been put an end to it.
Demands to sack the women from places of work or ban them from public places were not unusual. Most incidents took place in public places, when people saw women accompanied by soldiers, or ran into women they knew to be dating soldiers. But systematic persecutions also occurred in schools and workplaces. Physical molestation and cutting off of the women’s hair was the most violent and apparent sign of people’s dissatisfaction with the intimate fraternization. 10 The scale and brutality of the cropping incidents reached a peak during the August revolt in 1943 and in the days of the Liberation.
Children of World War II: The Hidden Enemy Legacy by Kjersti Ericsson, Eva Simonsen