Compiling the history of Germans in and with Singapore - BE PART OF IT!

Book cover Germany & Singapore

Germany & Singapore - a (hi)story of trade, friendship and success (detail of a non-binding draft of the book cover). , © German Embassy Singapore

15.04.2021 - Article

Book cover Germany & Singapore
Germany & Singapore - a (hi)story of trade, friendship and success (detail of a non-binding draft of the book cover). © German Embassy Singapore

A German missionary where Raffles once stood, 'Club Teutonia' in today's Goodwood Park Hotel, state-of-the-art Rollei cameras 'Made in Singapore', MRT-tunnels constructed with German drilling technology - everyone has heard of at least one of those stories linking Germany and Singapore. What has been missing so far, however, is a comprehensive publication that puts all of these moments into perspective. This missing puzzle piece will be soon available as a book covering the common Singaporean-German narrative in its entirety by tracing back the life stories of Germans in Singapore.

On the occasion of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the German European School Singapore (GESS) in school year 2021/2022, the GESS Fund has taken on the initiative of the German Embassy Singapore and brought together a Singaporean-German team to fill the gap.

The first chapters of the book have been finalized; they cover the common history of the first settlers at the beginning of the 19th century to the economic rise of the country. The findings compiled both in German and English will appeal to both Singaporeans and Germans to attract readership far beyond both communities and expert circles.

You may still become part of the project with your own insights, those of your company or institution or via your network until Summer! The book aims to take into account as many perspectives, milestones and anecdotes as possible. Do you have access to photos that bring the Singapore-German relationship to life? Do you know former employees who have returned to Germany who can contribute images or stories to fascinate the readers? Share with your friends, colleagues and acquaintances about this ongoing project and encourage them to get in touch with us! Images or documents can be uploaded via a virtual pin board initiated by GESS: https://t1p.de/sga8
Alternatively, you can write to the project team directly: ngkahgay@pagesetters.com.sg

More than 10 (mainly) German companies got the project up and running but we are still looking for more support!  We are delighted that Bayer, Behn Meyer & Company, Boehringer Ingelheim, C.Melchers GmbH & Co., Deutsche Bank AG, Evonik, Giesecke + Devrient Mobile Security, LBBW-Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg, Luther LLP, Rohde & Schwarz, Schaeffler and ST Engineering have joined us in the meaningful project. In addition, the Singapore ‘National Heritage Board’ is funding the Project.

If you consider becoming a sponsor of the project, please click here

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