Walking Tour: Colonialism and Anticolonialism in Berlin

Tuesday, 27 October

Walking Tour: Colonialism and Anticolonialism in Berlin

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Kritische Orientierungswochen an der HU

Germany isn't well known as a colonial empire. But in just a few decades at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, the Kaiser's troops massacred hundreds of thousands of people across Africa and Asia.

Right now, statues of slave traders, racists, and colonialists are being toppled all over the world. Berlin is full of reminders of the city's colonial past. At the moment, a few of the city's worst street names are being changed.

In our (Anti)Colonialism tour, we look for signs of oppression and resistance, including:

  • the beginning of the Brandenburg slave trade
  • the division of Africa at the Berlin Conference
  • anticolonial resistance in Weimar and East Germany
  • the racist history of Berlin's "African Quarter"
  • today's struggles to change colonial street names.

Our tour will be meeting in front of the Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz. That is opposite the Brandenburg Gate and next to the Hotel Adlon (S-Bhf Brandenburger Tor). We will meet at 16:00 and leave by 16:10.

Our tour will be ending two hours later at U-Bhf Rehberge in Wedding. We will use public transport, so don’t forget about getting your HU Campus Card beforehand (there will be also a solution for those who don't have one).

If you would like to attend a tour, please send an e-mail with your name, e-mail address, and the date of the tour to: huuls@riseup.net. Group size is limited to 18 people. Please do not forget your facemask.


Die Kritischen Orientierungswochen sind eine von linken Studierenden organisierte Veranstaltungsreihe, die sich zum Ziel gesetzt hat, den Raum Universität von links zu (re)politisieren. Gleichzeitig richtet sie sich an jüngere Semester und will diesen den Einstieg ins Studi-Leben erleichtern, sowie die Möglichkeit eröffnen, an der Uni politisch aktiv zu werden.

Date & Time: 

Tuesday, 27 October, 2020 - 16:00


  • guided tour


  • free
S-Bhf Brandenburger Tor
10117 Berlin