Dienstag, 11. Juni 2013



History adequately supports the fact of the traditional bonds of friendship that so happily subsist between the peoples of Germany and Ethiopia. This Cultural institute, a timely gesture from the Federal Republic, further reinforces these traditional links and opens the way for a better understanding of the cultures of the two peoples.
It has been generally attested that there is no more enduring meeting ground between nations and peoples than on the cultural and economic field. Proud of her cultural heritage, Ethiopia has made it her policy to distil from other cultures that which is beneficial, and to blend it with her own so as to develop a way of life suited to the times yet anchored to the renown history of the nation.
On this occasion, We would like to mention the many German scholars of high learning and, in particular, Professor Littman, who, besides collecting Ethiopian books both in Ge'ez and Amharic, have worked hard in making known to the world the culture of Ethiopia.
This German Cultural Institute, designed as it is to provide ways and means of information and study of the vast areas of human aspirations, will aid our two peoples and those interested in comparative culture. It is, therefore, with pleasure that We declare open this German Cultural Institute in Addis Ababa.

June 11, 1962.

Selected Speeches of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie – page 618 –   

HIM QHS inuagurating the German Cultural Institute in 1962 - wich is known today under the name - Goethe Institute.

The Goethe Institute today.

Enno Littmann

Enno Littmann in Aksum (2.v.r.), with other particpants of the Aksum-Expedition and Gouverneur Gebre Selassie, Februar 1906.

From the left: Theodor von Lüpke, Mitarbeiter, ab 1911 Leiter der Königl. Preußischen Messbild-Anstalt Berlin, später Staatliche Bildstelle, Berlin; Dr. Kaschke (Kolonial-) Arzt und Sammler zahlreicher Ethnologica, Flora und Fauna etc.; Gebre Selassie, Gouverneur der Provinz Tigre, Verwandter Kaiser Meneliks II und Beschützer der Expedition sowie Enno Littmann und Daniel Krencker.

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