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Wolbert G.C. Smidt
Photos as Historical Witnesses
The First Ethiopians in Germany and the First Germans in Ethiopia, the History of a Complex Relationship. With an Introduction by Richard Pankhurst
Reihe: Afrika Visuell
Bd. 2, 2015, 136 S., 29.90 EUR, 29.90 CHF, br., ISBN 978-3-643-10195-2
This volume presents historical images and texts documenting the history of German-Ethiopian relations, as a result of many years of research. Some of the material was unknown to historians so far and captures crucial historical moments. Ethiopians travelled to Germany at a surprisingly early time, such as Abba Gorgoryos, the co-founder of Ethiopian Studies in Germany, residing in Gotha in 1652, or former Oromo slaves in the early 19th century. Germans also migrated to Ethiopia, whose Ethiopian-German descendents played sometimes an important role in cultural exchange, politics and diplomacy over generations.