Maji Maji


The Centenary of the Maji Maji WaR

July 20, 2005 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Maji Maji War in present-day South Tanzania. Because of the sheer number of civilian casualties, it is considered the most atrocious of all of the German colonial wars. The resistance arose in response to various compulsory measures implemented under German colonial rule.

To commemorate this day, but also as a general appeal for the critical examination of German colonial history and the ongoing racism towards Black people, Umoja wa Watanzania Berlin/Brandenburg e.V. and the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN are organizing a series of actions which will take place within public space and in the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN over the course of two years from 2005 through 2007.

With these actions, the organizers seek to critically examine the colonial past of Germany and simultaneously demand the renaming of streets which were named after colonial civil servants.

Commemoration marches and events in the streets of Berlin under the artistic direction of Theater Director Carlos Medina

On August 27, 2005, the first commemoration march began at the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN, went across Gneisenauer Straße to Hallesches Tor, along the Friedrichstraße and across the Gendarmenmarkt to the Schlossplatz. The march ended there with a one-hour vigil and protest in front of a two-meter high metal sculpture reading 'Maji Maji Krieg', which was designed by the Berlin artist Hüseyin Arda.

The second march commenced on November 13, 2005 at the St. Bartholomäuskirche in the district of Friedrichshain, where the Berliner Missionswerk held mass in commemoration of the Maji Maji war. The march continued from there across the Lichtenberger Straße, crossed the Spree river in the direction of Oranienstraße, down Kottbusser Damm to Hermannplatz and ended at the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN, where the main commemorative event took place; hosted by the Tanzania-Netzwerk e.V., the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN and many other organizers.

On October 1, 2006, the last commemoration march began with a vigil and protest in front of a wood installation by artists Reinhard Zapka and Nils Dümcke next to the Neue Wache Unter den Linden. The march progressed down Friedrichstraße to Hallesches Tor and ended with a commemorative event by the Umoja wa Watanzania Berlin/Brandenburg e.V. at the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN.

The last commemorative event of the series was held in the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN in co-operation with the Tanzania-Netzwerk e.V., the Umoja wa Watanzania Berlin/Brandenburg e.V. and many other partners on November 11, 2007.

Publications (PDF, German)