After the war and beyond
in Britain’s ‘brown babies’
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The final chapter moves to the post-war period and considers ‘brown babies’ born in Europe during the years of occupation of Germany and Austria – 1945–55. Some parallels with the British situation but also differences are noted; for example, German children were adopted into the US in their hundreds. Six case studies of 1950s’ British ‘brown babies’ are also presented, their upbringing contextualised in terms of the changing racial landscape of Britain, as West Indians and people from the Indian subcontinent arrived in their thousands. Finally identity, belonging and Britishness are examined, including the way in which, after all these years of living in Britain, the ‘brown babies’ still face the indignity of being asked their country of origin.


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