Sisters in Europe…Who We Are (3)


Marie Nejar aka Leila Negra

Child extra in Nazi propaganda films, Popular post-World War II singer, Nurse, Author


To find out more about Marie Nejar’s fascinating story of growing up in Nazi era Germany, watch the short presentation below! (Click “full screen” under the menu option  – bottom left – for better viewing quality).

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4 responses to “Sisters in Europe…Who We Are (3)

  1. Stephanie

    Wow, what a fascinating life! I love hearing these sorts of stories, which fly in the face of the dominant narrative about what a “real German” looks like. I’m currently reading Hans Massaquoi’s (also an Afro-German survivor of the Nazi era in Germany, who went on to serve as editor for the top African-American magazine in the US, Ebony) second memoir “Hanschen klein, ging allein” and can’t wait to order Ms. Najar’s book. Thank you for introducing her!

  2. Trina

    You are very welcome, Stephanie! I also think it’s important that precisely this type of story is told. We have been here much longer than people realize (or are willing to admit). I am also familiar with Hans Massaquoi’s first book, as well as his career with Ebony. I don’t know how I feel about the fact that the German film version of the book seemed to be more about the mother than about him… Any thoughts on that (if you’ve seen the film)?

    Marie Nejar’s life would also make a fascinating film, by the way!

  3. Thank you so much for posting Ms. Nejar’s incredible journey through history.
    Her story is so important and must be heard! She is an inspiration to all Black Europeans and to Black Women worldwide. We must be the new storytellers in keeping with with our traditions of telling our stories.

    Thank you once again Trina, keep up the great work!

    Best,
    Yvette
    Yvette

    • Thanks for your continued support, Yvette. Yes, the interview with Ms. Nejar was a definite highlight for me for all the reasons you stated – and more! It is definitely our responsibility that her story is never forgotten!

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