Children born of war during and after the Second World War
in Children born of war in the twentieth century
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This chapter explores the relations between soldiers and local women throughout the Second World War across different, mainly European, theatres of war, the distinct policies of military and political decision makers in attempting to regulate such relations. It investigates the policies vis-a-vis Children Born of War (CBOW) and their life courses and experiences in response to both the circumstances of their conception and the geopolitical situation of their post-conflict receptor communities. The chapter addresses the Allied post-war occupations of Germany and Austria and the experiences of children fathered by Allied soldiers. It also explores the assessment of CBOW themselves on the basis of recent scholarship, autobiographical accounts and quantitative and qualitative surveys. Drawing on their own voices, their subjective experiences will complement other data of less personal character and will throw a different light on the post-conflict experiences as children of the enemy or at least as children of foreigners.

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