Political Walking Tour: (Anti)Colonialism in Berlin

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  • 19/03/2023
    14:00 - 16:00

Germany isn’t well know as a colonial empire. But in just a few decades at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, the Kaiser’s troops massacred hundreds of thousands of people across Africa and Asia.

Today, Berlin is full of reminders of the city’s colonial past. A few of the city’s worst street names are being changed. In our (Anti)Colonialism tour, we look for signs of oppression and resistance, including:

  • the beginning of the Brandenburg slave trade
  • the division of Africa at the Berlin Conference
  • anti-colonial resistance in the 1920s
  • the racist history of Berlin’s “African Quarter”
  • today’s struggles to change colonial street names

Our tour will be meeting in front of Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz. That is opposite the Brandenburg Gate and next to the Hotel Adlon (S-Bhf Brandenburger Tor). We will meet at 2pm. After walking around Mitte, we will go to Wedding. This will require an AB ticket for the BVG, but as it is a week-end, you should be able to travel for free with someone who has a Monatskarte.

Suggested donation is 10 euros per person, but any contribution is appreciated and none is required. You can also pick up a signed copy of the book Revolutionary Berlin. We ask that you only come if you’re fully vaccinated