Theodor Michael: Being German and Black as well
Memories of an Afro-German
Reading and Discussion as Part of the New German Stories Series
Born in 1925 in Berlin, Theodor Michael was the son of a German and a Cameroonian. After the early death of his parents, the boy had to struggle through as an extra in so-called "Völkerschauen" and UFA colonial films until his imprisonment in a forced labor camp in 1943.
He survived and after the liberation, he was first suspected of collaborating with the Nazis. At that time he could not imagine that he might retire as a "Regierungsdirektor" of the Federal Intelligence Service. Theodor Michael’s biography tells German history of the 20th century from a little-known angle.
Yasemin Shooman, Head of the Academy Programs "Migration and Diversity"
13 May 2014, 7.30 pm