Theodor wonja michael born of mixed race ethnic family in berlin January 15, 1925. His father is father Come to Germany from Cameroon with hope. studied, but like many Africans in Germany Jobs could only be found in touring circus-style shows that treated blacks as ‘exotic’. game. Nevertheless, Ophilius Married to white Martha Wegner German woman. Theodor wonja michael was the youngest. their four children. Martha died in 1926, while Theodor was still a baby. He raised children in Theophilius’ circus. He trained as an actor from an early age with his colleagues. age. After Theophilius’ death in 1934, Theodore’s brothers moved to France.
Theodor Wonja Michael
They lost their German citizenship. German officials in Paris confiscated passports. Theodor’s brother James called him a ‘black German’ it does not exist’. Theodor wonja michael was reunited with James.
his sister Juliana in the 1960s; he’s never seen anything else of him Sister Christiana again – she died of pneumonia in France. Odor decided to remain in Nazi Germany, but Racism has made life more and more difficult. mixed race children. After dropping out of school in 1939, he Worked as a porter in a Berlin hotel, but was soon fired After guests complain about skin color. that He struggled to get another job because he couldn’t get another job. German Labor Front (Nazi Workers’ Union)
Organization). But he unexpectedly got a job. War as an Extra in Propaganda Movies German colonialism, the role of African servants, etc.
Theodore was drafted into the German Army. He was rejected because of his color. Instead, in early 1943, he They were sent to forced labor along with other African Germans. The camp near Berlin where they worked in arms’ Factory for two years until the end of the war. Theodore He later said that his greatest fear in the camp was getting sick. – He was afraid of being sterilized in the hospital by: There were mixed race children from the Rhineland.
After the war, Theodore was able to resume his studies. as well as his acting career. he appeared in the theater Leading him to jokes on TV: ‘He was a Nazi. He gave me a big break’. He also worked as a lecturer Journalist and Social Democrat Advisor of Germany. Today he is a respected member. ‘Afrodoich’ community