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Witness History: Being Black in Nazi Germany



TX Date

24th Sep 2019


Caroline Wyatt


Kristine Pommert


"Wonderful story, wonderful interviewee and beautifully presented."

Kirsty Reid, Editor, Witness History

Theodor Wonja Michael, born in 1925 in Berlin as the son of a “colonial migrant” father from Cameroon and a German mother, was still at primary school when Hitler came to power in 1933.

Orphaned young, he faced discrimination and worse in the racist climate of the Nazi era. But as he tells Caroline Wyatt, he survived by keeping his head down – and by working as an extra in propaganda films designed to show the superiority of the German white race.