Black German : an Afro-German life in the twentieth century / Theodor Michael ; translated by Eve Rosenhaft.

By: Michael, Theodor, 1925- [author.]Contributor(s): Rosenhaft, Eve, 1951- [translator.]Material type: TextTextLanguage: English Original language: German Series: JSTOR eBooksPublisher: Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2017Description: 1 online resource (231 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781781383414; 1781383413Uniform titles: Deutsch sein und schwarz dazu. English Subject(s): Blacks -- Germany -- Biography | Actors -- Germany -- BiographyAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Black German.DDC classification: 305.896/043 LOC classification: DD78.B55 | M5313 2017Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Translator's preface -- Black German -- Thanks -- Explanatory notes -- Chronology of historical events -- Further reading in English.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-231).

Translator's preface -- Black German -- Thanks -- Explanatory notes -- Chronology of historical events -- Further reading in English.

Translated from German.

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This English translation of a 2013 German autobiography covers the life of Theodor Wonja Michael, who was born in Berlin in 1925 to a Cameroonian father (who is pictured on the cover with Theodor's German mother.) In early 1943, Michael was marched with other Afro-Germans into a forced labor camp near Berlin. He was there until the camp was liberated by Russian soldiers in June 1945. His three siblings fled to France after "Negroids" were declared "undesirable" in 1936, but Michael chose to remain out of sheer stubbornness, apparently. After the war, Michael worked as a gofer for US forces in Berlin for two years. In 1947, he married a white German woman. Since those years, Michael has been one of Germany's foremost Shakespearean actors. He also returned to school, eventually receiving his master's degree from the Institute of Economics and Politics in Hamburg. He rediscovered his African heritage in the 1960s with frequent trips, and describes all this and more in great detail in this excellent work. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. --Reginald A. Bess, South Carolina State University

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Theodor Michael is the last surviving member of the first generation of 'Afro-Germans'. Since the 1980s he has become an important spokesman for the black German consciousness movement, acting as a human link between the first black German community of the inter-war period, the pan-Africanism of the 1950s and 1960s, and new generations of Germans of African descent.Eve Rosenhaft is Professor of German Historical Studies, University of Liverpool.

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