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Foster Parents with German-American Children (1949)
The marriage prohibition between U.S. soldiers and German women remained in force longer than the general order against fraternization – until December 1946. A survey conducted in 1955 in West Germany counted 66,730 children born out of wedlock during the occupation, 37,000 of whom had American fathers. Over 10% of them were the children of African-American soldiers, children often subjected to racist discrimination. This photo shows German foster parents with children from a German-American relationship in Munich. Photo by Hanns Hubmann.