Traces of Germany in Lebanon

Traces of Germany in Lebanon © Goethe-Institut Libanon

For centuries, Lebanon stood on the sidelines of world history, but at the same time, it was an important point of transit and a land of great allure for many: crusaders and pilgrims, novelists and salespeople, jewel thieves and marriage scammers, terrorists, engineers and artists from Germany. Germans and their inventions helped laying the cornerstone for the country’s modern infrastructure and its booming music and film industry. 

What do Kaiser Wilhelm II, the author Karl May and the Red Army Faction terrorists have in common? They all came to Lebanon and made their mark on the land of cedars. The project shines a light on the history of German-Lebanese interactions and shows that encounters between Lebanese and German people are not a new thing, but part of a shared past.

Sabine Haupt
Head of the Language Department

This is a project of the language department of the Goethe-Institut Libanon.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Sabine Haupt.
Project Management: Sabine Haupt, Head of the Language Department
Scientific Research and Project Coordination: Dr. Christian Kirchen 

Marketing: Sabine Haupt, Head of the Language Department
Technical Implementation and Website: Jürgen Müller 

The project would not have been possible without the support of:

  • Claudine Abdelmassih und Mira Minkara (Lebanese Center for Architecture in Beirut)
  • Elias B. Maalouf (Train/Train NGO Archive & Research Center in Byblos)
  • André Servant (Ècole Supérieure des Affaires in Beirut)
  • Leslie Sayegh (Friends of the American University Museum in Beirut)
  • Dr. Pauline Puppel (Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz in Berlin)
  • Sabine Schafferdt (Political Archive of the Federal Foreign Ministry in Berlin)
  • Dr. Annett Büttner (Archive of the Fliedner-Cultural-Foundation in Kaiserswerth) 
  • Monika Borgmann und Zaina Assaf (Umam Documentation and Research in Beirut)
  • Kulturattaché Hans-Peter Hofmann, OTL Dietrich Jensch und SF Dieter Rockel (German Embassy in Beirut)
  • Dr. Wolf-Dieter Lemke (Berlin, former Deutsches Orient-Institut Beirut)
  • Anke Höwing und Thomas Jabs (Museum for Communication in Berlin)
  • Dr. Uwe Gräbe und Dr. Jakob Eisler (Consortium of the German Protestant Orphanage in Stuttgart)
  • Bassam Salhab (Alumnis of the German Protestant Orphanage in Khirbet Kanafar)
  • Ruth Hartmann ( St John Accident Assistance in Hannover)
  • Sœurs Isaaf und Marie-José (Sœurs des Saints Cœurs de Jésus et de Marie in Ainab)
  • Pfr. Jonas Weiß-Lange (German Protestant Parish in Beirut)
  • Ramzi T. Salamé (Hotel Saalmüller in Broummana) 
  • Meike Onnen (Student of Arabic Studies FU Berlin)