‘Lebenslüge’, the myth that German racism began and ended with the Holocaust

The confrontation of Germany’s racist past was a beautiful ideal, but one that was never realised writes Jacinta Nandi Read More

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German football and the hidden racism lost in translation for Germans of colour

Germany has been praised as an example of an open and diverse society but Karin Louise Hermes explains how the treatment of German footballers exposes deeper societal issues.  Read More

Writers in Translation

by Sinthujan Varatharajah A few days ago, I was sitting with a friend, we were casually chatting when I suddenly remembered that her father is a writer – as is my mother. I remembered that we somehow knew each other through our parents who again knew each other through diasporic writers’ circles. We laughed about… Read More

“No, I meant where are you really from?” on being black and German

by Ella Achola “No, I meant where are you really from?” is a micro-aggression I am all too familiar with when my simple answer of “Berlin” is perceived as insufficient to a query that blatantly illustrates how my brown self is read as out of reach of possible German citizenship. It is usually asked with… Read More

Fathering While Black Part 2 – On a Path of Forgiveness

by Zun Lee Read Part 1 of Fathering While Black Father absence was a personal double-whammy for me: I grew up with a Korean father who was married to my mother, lived at home with us, provided materially but was emotionally distant, and extremely physically abusive. From a census perspective, he’d be considered “present”, yet… Read More