Our Father – A Sinti Family Recounts
Discussion and Reading with Anita Awosusi and Her Daughter Tayo Onutor (audio recording available, in German)
In her book Vater unser – Eine Sintifamilie erzählt (Our Father. A Sinti Family Recounts), German Sintezza, civil rights activist, and author Anita Awosusi gives insights into her family biography and into the historical events and aftermath of Nazism.
Taking as her starting point conversations with her father, musician and violinmaker Hermann Weiss, Awosusi talks about his life and survival, deportation, forced labor, Soviet war imprisonment, and his return to his hometown of Karlsruhe. At the same time, she reflects on her own development from the child of the post-war period to the journalist and active civil rights campaigner for the German Sinti and Roma.
Awosusi's book is a piece of first-hand history and movingly demonstrates the important role of survivors of National Socialism and their descendents for recounting historical events.
The reading was originally scheduled for 9 February and unfortunately had to be postponed. For the rescheduled event, the author Anita Awosusi will now be joined by her daughter Tayo Onutor, who will take part in the discussion following the reading. The singer-songwriter is an active member of IniRomnja, a coalition of Roma and Sinti women in Berlin.
Moderation: Rosa Fava, W. Michael Blumenthal Fellow Jewish Museum Berlin
This event in our Academy program's New German Stories series is being held as part of Rromnja* Power Month.
Born in 1956, Anita Awosusi headed the Dialog Department at the Documentation and Cultural Center for German Sinti and Roma in Heidelberg for 20 years. She works on books, radio programs, music projects, films, and exhibitions.
Read the interview with Anita Awosusi on our blog!