Esther Fordham was a Black woman who, born October 9, 1925 in Hamburg, Germany, came of age during the Nazi era. In this December, 1995 conversation with artist Frank Fitzgerald, Esther discusses her youth, schooling and the reaction of classmates and adult Germans to her specialness. As world conditions darken and war grows to become the norm, she finds discrimination, fear, sorrow and horror, but also generosity and hope.
Encyclopaedia Africana H February 6, 2021 HANS MASSAQUOI
“I associated Black skin with superiority, since our servants were white,” said Mr. Massaquoi.
Encyclopaedia Africana G December 12, 2020 GERMANY’S COLONIAL HISTORY
Imperial Germany and its genocidal greed.
Encyclopaedia Africana M December 12, 2020 KILLED BY NAZIS: MAHJUB BIN ADAM MOHAMED
Black people were among the victims of the Nazis. The documented case of Mahjub bin Adam Mohamed also offers insight into Germany’s colonial past.
Encyclopaedia Africana P September 3, 2020 PAUL ROBESON
I do have increased respect for Paul Robeson who, over the span of twenty years, sacrificed himself, his career and the wealth and comfort he once enjoyed because, I believe, he was sincerely trying to help his people.
Encyclopaedia Africana T September 3, 2020 THEODOR MICHAEL WONJA
Michael survived the Nazi era, but even after 1945 he continued to live in hiding to avoid racists. His friends and colleagues wanted to leave Germany for the US as soon as possible.