A Montreal Ashkenazi perspective…

Montreal

 

I had a chat with a friend from Montreal who is a white Ashkenazi Jew about his impressions of the Jewish community there as it pertains to Jews of Colour …

I explained to my friend that I was looking for some honest insight into the Ashkenazi mindset regarding diversity within the Jewish community. Because he is a white male who represents the “majority” mindset of the Jewish community, I thought he might have some interesting opinions about the question of diversity and inclusion. He was quick to point out that his perspective is that of an upper middle-class, white male and so his opinions may not represent the opinions of the entire community. Our conversation was nonetheless very interesting and enlightening.

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My Soul Has Found Its Home

 

Shirley

Shirley Gindler-Price (Philadelphia, USA)

MY SOUL HAS FOUND ITS HOME

by Shirley Gindler-Price

Out of the 95,000 US Occupation babies born in Germany shortly after WWII, there were approximately 5000 of us, post WWII Afro-German children, so-called Negro mulatto babies, better known as German ‘Brown Babies.’ Born to German women and African-American soldiers, the SPD (Social Democratic Party of Germany) deemed that we formed a special group, presenting a human and racial problem of a special nature. Our national and cultural heritage [and perhaps even our religious birthright] were seen to be in direct contrast to our skin color.

 

Born in Nuremberg Germany, my mutti and I eventually moved to Ansbach, where at the age of two, I would be given up for adoption. As it was with so many other post WWII German ‘Brown Babies,’ I was adopted by an African American military couple stationed in Germany.

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