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Tuesday, 21. June 2022 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Save in my calendar

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(De)Colonial Memory in the GDR

Part of the series "Decolonial Dialogues: Towards a New Relational Ethic between Africa and Europe"

A particular feature of colonial memory in Germany are the separate paths taken by Eastern and Western Germany between 1945 and 1989. The German Democratic Republic’s (GDR) different approach is evident, for example, in academic research on the colonial past and in solidarity work on anti-colonial struggles in the Global South. With regard to former contract workers from Africa in the GDR, for example from Mozambique, issues concerning unresolved compensation are still on the German agenda. The living conditions of Black people in the former GDR and in the post-reunification period have also not received sufficient attention in public and political debates.

How can these stories and specific experiences in the GDR be given equal importance in German remembrance work when dealing with colonial heritage and decolonisation?


  • Naita Hishoono, Executive Director, Namibia Institute for Democracy, Windhoek
  • Peggy Piesche, Head of Department "Civic Education and Plural Democracy”, Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb), Bonn
  • Katharina Warda, author / sociologist /  literary scholar
  • Dr. Hans-Joachim Döring, religious educator, co-speaker of the continuation committee "Respect and Recognition"

Moderation: Aisha Camara


» Here you can find more information about the Decolonial Dialogues.

Part of the series
Decolonial Dialogues
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Heinrich Böll Foundation - Headquarters Berlin
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