Who was Amadeu Antonio?

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The man who was Amadeu Antonio


The Foundation is named for Amadeu Antonio, a black Angolan who came to a small town in former East Germany as a contract worker in 1987. On the night of November 24, 1990, a local group of white youth wielding baseball bats went searching for people of color they could attack. They found Amadeu Antonio and two other black men. They managed to escape, but Antonio was beaten unconscious, fell into a coma and never woke up. He died on December 6.

Antonio is the first known fatality from hate-based violence in reunified Germany. Sadly, he has not been the last. Another 183 can be officially attributed to right-wing extremism since German reunifcation. Another 745 can't be confirmed, and hundreds of other attacks have resulted in bodily harm and property damage.

Amadeu Antonio is survived by his wife and children, who live outside Berlin. He never met his son, Amadeu Antonio, Jr., who was born just a few short weeks after the attack.



Amadeu Antonio Stiftung
Novalisstr. 12
10115 Berlin

Tel.:  ++49 (0)30. 240 886 10
Fax:  ++49 (0)30. 240 886 22


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Amadeu Antonio Stiftung
GLS Bank Bochum
Sort Code 430 609 67
Account No. 6005 0000 00
IBAN: DE32 4306 0967 6005 0000 00


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