Potsdam postcolonial tours


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Did you know that the Kilimanjaro was once the highest mountain of Germany and that, until today, its peak can be found in Potsdam and not in Tanzania? Did you know that the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm I. sold the former German colony Großfriedrichsburg to the Dutch for 1200 ducats and 12 enslaved Africans who were to serve at court? Did you know that China’s second largest beer brewery, Tsingtao beer, is a legacy of German colonialism?

From the university campus „Am Neuen Palais“ through the park Sanssouci, our tour points to the traces of what the Prussian Kings and Emperors considered as signs of grandeur and savoir-vivre. We show how these are closely connected to the exploitation and appropriation of foreign territories, as well as how knowledge transfer between Germany and its former colonies is continued rather one-sided. Because this part of German history remains largely unknown, we provide a historical context to the Potsdam landscape, its castles, gardens and statues and connect it to the present.

The tour starts at the university campus and ends by the obelisk (close to the city center). Depending on participants‘ walking speed and questions, the tours take 1.5 – 2 hours.

If interested, contact us: postcolonial.potsdam[at]posteo.de

(please be aware that we cannot offer tours from October to March because sculptures are wrapped up for the winter season)