Black Europe

The first comprehensive documentation of the sounds and images of black people in Europe pre-1927

imageRecordings on phonograph cylinders, gramophone discs and films, with both still and moving images, feature people of African descent in Europe from the earliest years of the recording industry and continued after the First World War. The contribution of these pioneering personalities on the modern mass media has not been noticed – recognition is overdue. Music, spoken word and dance, from all styles, categories, languages and natal lands provide a lost but rich resource. Many artefacts may be lost forever, but this project traces the surviving evidence.

Collected in two 12 x 12 inch coffee table book with more than 500 full-colour pages, here is a multitude of documents, artefacts and curiosities, from passport applications, personal memorabilia and letters, to sheet music, newspaper ads and fabulous poster art, complemented by contemporary postcards and images of wax cylinders and disc records. In more than 100 chapters the life and times of these pioneering entertainers, musicians and linguists comes to life, from early film and sound examples to best-selling 78 rpm records, from ‘human zoos’ and minstrel shows to ethnological documentation and portraits of the (sometimes dubious) movers and shakers in European showbusiness of the time.

The team of internationally recognized experts, compilers and authors responsible for this project includes biographer Horst J.P. Bergmeier of the Netherlands, historian Jeffrey Green from the United Kingdom, discographer Dr. Rainer E. Lotz from Germany, researcher Howard Rye from the United Kingdom and sound engineer Christian Zwarg from Germany.

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EDITOR WHO GREW UP BLACK IN NAZI GERMANY DIES

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Hans-Jürgen Massaquoi, Sr.

MIAMI (AP) — Hans Massaquoi, a former managing editor of Ebony magazine who wrote a distinctive memoir about his unusual childhood growing up black in Nazi Germany, has died. He was 87. His son said Massaquoi died Saturday, on his 87th birthday, in Jacksonville. He had been hospitalized over the Christmas holidays. “He had quite a journey in life,” said Hans J. Massaquoi, Jr., of Detroit. “Many have read his books and know what he endured. But most don’t know that he was a good, kind, loving, fun-loving, fair, honest, generous, hard-working and open-minded man. He respected others and commanded respect himself. He was dignified and trustworthy

. We will miss him forever and try to live by his example.” In an interview in 2000, the elder Massaquoi told The Associated Press that he credited the late Alex Haley, author of “Roots,” with convincing him to share his experience of being “both an insider in Nazi Germany and, paradoxically, an endangered outsider.” His autobiography, “Destined to Witness: Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany,” was published in the U.S. in 1999 and a German translation was also published. Massaquoi’s mother was a German nurse and his father was the son of a Liberian diplomat. He grew up in working class neighborhoods of the port city of Hamburg.

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Abschied von Hans-Jürgen Massaquoi

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Hans-Jürgen Massaquoi, Sr.

Der in Hamburg geborene Autor des Bestsellers “Neger, Neger, Schornsteinfeger” ist kurz vor seinem 87. Geburtstag in Florida gestorben.Hamburg. Hans-Jürgen Massaquoi, in Hamburg geborener amerikanischer Journalist und Buchautor, ist in Florida gestorben. Das erfuhr das Abendblatt von dessen Freund Ralph Giordano. Massaquoi, schwer erkrankt, hätte am 19. Januar seinen 87. Geburtstag feiern können.

Er, der Deutschland 1948 verlassen hatte, wurde der deutschen Öffentlichkeit 1999 bekannt, als er den ersten Band seiner Lebenserinnerungen veröffentlichte, die zum Bestseller wurden: “Neger, Neger, Schornsteinfeger” heißt das Buch nach den Spottrufen, mit denen die hellhäutigen Kinder den dunkelhäutigen Sohn eines liberianischen Diplomatensprosses und einer Hamburger Krankenschwester hänselten. Sein Großvater war liberianischer Generalkonsul in Hamburg, seinen Vater hat er nie kennengelernt.

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Homestory Deutschland

Schwarze Biografien in Geschichte und Gegenwart

3. – 25. November 2012
Ausstellungshalle Alte Feuerwache
Melchiorstraße 3, 50670 Köln
 
Eröffnung: Samstag, 3. November,  17:00 Uhr
Begrüßung: Tahir Della (ISD Vorstand) und Elfi Scho-Antwerpes (Bürgermeisterin Stadt Köln)

Begleitprogramm: Vorträge, Lesungen, Theater, Filme, Poetryabend und Diskussionen zu Schwarzer deutscher Geschichte Kultur und Biografien, u.a. mit Kena Amoa, Khadra Sufi und Theodor Wonja Michael, sowie ein politisches Bildungsprogramm für Jugendliche Veranstalter ist die Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland (ISD Bund e.V.), unterstützt von der Stiftung “Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft” (EVZ).

Über einen redaktionellen Beitrag sowie die Aufnahme in den Veranstaltungskalendar würden wir uns sehr freuen. Anbei finden Sie neben der Pressemeldung, eine Übersicht des Begleitprogramms sowie eine Biografie der Ausstellung: Theodor Wonja Michael.

Homestory Deutschland 
2012 | 2013 *Hamburg – Köln – Nürnberg*
www.homestory-deutschland.de    

Pressekontakt National:
Nicola Joseph

Pressekontakt Köln:
Nambowa Mugalu

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Toxi: Film Now Available for Purchase

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Toxi

A five-year-old girl suddenly appears on the doorstep of a well-to-do Hamburg family. The members of the multi-generational, white household react differently to the arrival of Toxi, who is black, the daughter of an African-American G.I. and a white German woman who has died. Eventually Toxi works her way into the hearts of this German family, but then her father returns, hoping to take Toxi back to America with him.

At the time of the film’s release in 1952, there were between 3,000 and 5,000 children of Allied paternity born since WWII living in West Germany. Toxi was the first feature-length film to explore the subject of “black occupation children” in postwar Germany and premiered when the first generation of these children began entering German schools, creating a public awareness of this situation. Robert A. Stemmle, one of the most popular West German directors and known for his unique blend of social realism and melodrama, brought together an exceptionally renowned set of classic German actors with diverse experiences of the Nazi era, including Paul Bildt, Johanna Hofer and Elisabeth Flickenschildt.

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