As of 1884 the German Empire aspired to own colonies, its own so-called "place in the sun." This period of history has left its mark, not only in language, but also in other areas of everyday life. The memory of the German colonial empire hardly plays a role in the public consciousness of the German population, however, because it is overshadowed by the German history of the 20th century. Students in the master's program in public history have compiled objects and documents from the colonial history of the former German Reich and put them on display along with explanations of the relationships. For example, the names of Taku, Iltis, and Lans streets in Berlin-Dahlem can be traced back to the so-called Boxer Rebellion in China, which included forces of the German Empire in 1900 and 1901.
Dates and Location
- Exhibition opening: May 3, 2013, 4 p.m.
- Exhibition hours: Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- University Library, Freie Universität Berlin, Garystraße 39, 14195 Berlin; subway station: Thielplatz (U3)
- The exhibition will run through June 21, 2013.