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Black German: An Afro-German Life in the Twentieth Century By Theodor Michael

Theodor Michael


This is the first English translation of an important document in the history of the black presence in Germany and Europe: the autobiography of Theodor Michael. Theodor Michael is the last surviving member of the first generation of ‘Afro-Germans’: Born in Germany in 1925 to a Cameroonian father and a German mother, he grew up in Berlin in the last days of the Weimar Republic. As a child and teenager he worked in circuses and films and experienced the tightening knot of racial discrimination under the Nazis in the years before the Second World War. He survived the war as a forced labourer, fo ... More

Keywords: Afro-Germans, Cameroon, Nazi Germany, Weimar Republic, West Germany, forced labor, displaced persons, diaspora, identity, pan-Africanism, circus, film industry, broadcasting, theatre

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781781383117
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781383117.001.0001


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Theodor Michael, author

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