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Hamburg and Colonialism: Three Sights and Their History – Travel

Human Zoo

Tearpark is a historic “Volkarchow” in Hagenbeck.

(Photo: Imago / Archive)

The Hagenbeck Zoo attracts about two million visitors each year. The foreign jungle nights had to draw a special crowd before Corona. Very few people know that the family-owned zoo, which has existed for 125 years, began with a seal show at the port and later invented the “open-air enclosure” at the Stalingen site and has hosted “ethnic shows” since 1875. Many have toured Europe. Inuit and Sioux in particular attracted millions of people. Some showmen, for example from Togo, organized themselves, and in the evenings they mingled with the upper society after frock coats, which disappointed the local media. Hagenbeck has so far rejected an exhibition for critical evaluation.

hagenbeck.deOpening hours are 9am to 6pm

Bismarck’s headstand

Hamburg: Bismarck's statue in Hamburg.

Statue of Bismarck in Hamburg.

(Photo: Imago Image / Junior)

The largest of Germany’s approximately 600 Bismarck statues stands on Landungsbrooken: the monument is 34 meters high. The city could hardly keep up with the protest graffiti removal. The restoration of the nine-million-dollar restoration of the monument to the first German chancellor, the first German colony to be built, at the request of the Hansetic merchants, led to heated negotiations. J বিখ্যাতrgen Zimmer, a well-known colonial researcher in Hamburg, is not in favor of omitting “colonies of remembrance”: “These should be overturned or downgraded and the people of the former colonies should be given grants. This creates a greater aha effect.”

Bismarck Monument, Seewartstr. 4 at Old Elbe Park

Everything has to go

Hamburg: A King's Memorial Head from an unknown workshop of the Bronze Foundry Guild Igun Ernamwan (Benin State, Nigeria, 19th Century).

Bronze Foundry Guild A King’s Memorial Head from an Unknown Workshop by Egun Ernamwan (Benin State, Nigeria, 19th Century).

(Photo: Daniel Reinhardt / Photo Alliance / DPA)

The Hamburg Museum of Ethnology recognized the signs of the time early on, and in 2018 adopted the somewhat unpleasant name “Museum am Rothenbaum – Cultures and Arts of the World” (Markke). Director Barbara Plancksteiner is campaigning for the restoration of colonial art, not just in Hamburg: “We are currently estimating 5,000 objects in 120 German museums.” MARKK is currently showing all the Benin bronze (pictures) it has in a special exhibition. The transfer of ownership to the country of origin, present-day Nigeria, is set to begin in 2022. Some African countries even want to build museums for their stolen history.

markk-Hamburg.deMars Until Sun 10 Until 6pm, Thursday through 9pm

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