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BOOK PRESENTATION: A historical-critical city tour in the Mitte district

BOOK PRESENTATION: A city guide by Oumar Diallo and Dr. Joachim Zeller. The book provides insights into Berlin's short-term role as a center of German colonial imperialism around 1900. The authors concentrate on the Mitte district and present a selection of significant colonial-historical memorial sites.



  “All too often in this country there is still the idea that Germany was not a former colonial power,” says Joachim Zeller. “In addition, many people can hardly believe that traces of colonialism can be found here in Berlin, as in other German cities. We would like to present a selection of significant colonial historical sites of remembrance to the broader public.”


After the First World War, the colonial revisionist movement formed in the city, which reclaimed the “stolen” German colonial empire overseas. Today, the local global history of the (post-)colonial metropolis of Berlin has largely been forgotten.


The authors:


Oumar Diallo, born in 1953 in Kankan/Guinea, qualified in sociology, is managing director of the Africa House in Berlin. He has lived and worked in Berlin since 1984. In 2003 he received the Integration Prize from the Berlin-Mitte District Council for his work. In 2010 he was selected for the capital campaign “be Berlin. "Berlin your face - Berliners get involved" was selected.


Dr. Joachim Zeller, born 1958 in Swakopmund/Namibia, historian in Berlin. Numerous publications, including: “White Eyes. Black bodies. Africans as reflected in everyday Western culture” (2010); “Wild modernity. The sculptor Fritz Behn” (2016) and “Germany postcolonial? The present of the imperial past” (2018, 2nd ed. 2021).


Admission free! Registration is not required.

(Program in German)
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Dates
March 2024
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