What were the Rhineland Bastards?

Introduction Rhineland Bastard (German: Rheinlandbastard) was a derogatory term used in Nazi Germany to describe Afro-Germans, believed fathered by French Army personnel of African descent who were stationed in the Rhineland during its occupation by France after World War I. There is evidence that other Afro-Germans, born from unions between German men and African women… Read More


What was the Alien Fiancées and Fiancés Act (1946)?

Introduction The Alien Fiancées and Fiancés Act of 1946 (Pub. L. 79-471; 60 stat. 339, enacted 29 June 1946), also known as G.I. Fiancée Act, was an extension of the War Brides Act that eliminated barriers for Filipino and Indian war brides. Outline The barriers for Korean and Japanese war brides were removed by a… Read More

What was the War Brides Act (1945)?

Introduction The War Brides Act (59 Stat. 659, Act of Dec. 28, 1945) was enacted (on 28 December 1945) to allow alien spouses, natural children, and adopted children of members of the United States Armed Forces, “if admissible,” to enter the US as non-quota immigrants after World War II. More than 100,000 entered the US… Read More

What is a War Bride?

Introduction War brides are women who married military personnel from other countries in times of war or during military occupations, a practice that occurred in great frequency during World War I and World War II. Among the largest and best documented examples of this were the marriages between American servicemen and German women which took… Read More

An Overview of War Children

Introduction War children are those born to a native parent and a parent belonging to a foreign military force (usually an occupying force, but also military personnel stationed at military bases on foreign soil). Having a child by a member of a belligerent force, throughout history and across cultures, is often considered a grave betrayal… Read More