Chapter XV
Culture
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Opens German Cultural Institute
Jun. 11, 1962
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 is 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.
Haile Selassie the First - June 11, 1962