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Dealing with the colonial history of ethnological museums is being discussed worldwide. With the book “Das Prachtboot” by historian Götz Aly, the Oceanic region is now also receiving the necessary public attention.

The vast majority of objects from the former German colonies in the Pacific were collected between 1880 and 1914, in a situation of domination marked by violence. What does this mean for the Humboldt Forum? Where did the boundaries lie between robbery, dishonest acquisition and legitimate purchase? How can these stories be documented and presented today? How can such objects of art and utility, which were often torn out of their cultural and local contexts without further documentation, be presented in an understandable way? And last but not least: What do the people who live in the former colonies think about them today?

Hadnet Tesfai


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