SPOT GERMAN IN MALTA - German presence in Malta as seen by Maltese children

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Jul 29, 2015

On 18 July 2015, the President of the German-Maltese Association of Germany, Mr Christian Launer, opened an exhibition of photographs entitled “Spot German in Malta” at the main offices of the Regional Savings Bank of Adenau. The photographs were the result of a competition organised by the German Department of the University of Malta some time ago among Maltese children who were asked to take photos of anything they saw in Malta that reminded them of Germany. Their pictures range from streets and houses with the names of German towns and authors who wrote about Malta, to German flags on yachts in Maltese harbours and buildings. Many products which one can instantly recognise as “made in Germany” as well as German factories operating in Malta also feature prominently.

On the occasion of the official opening in Adenau, Dr Ralf Heimrath from the University of Malta explained the aim behind the competition and discussed the children’s photos and their significance for Germany’s image in Malta among the very young generation. The idea for the exhibition in Adenau, which will remain open until 24 August, developed in talks between Ambassador Albert Friggieri and Dr Ralf Heimrath. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs supported the initiative and alsoarranged for the transport of the photos. The town of Adenau, for which a street is named in Malta which is also represented among the exhibits, is twinned with Mellieha.


Mr C. Launer, second from left, together with Dr R. Heimrath (centre) and Adenau mayor Mr A. Hoffmann (second from right), together with Mr Michael Junger and Mr Christain Fings from the Regional Savings Bank of Adenau.​