Memorial plaque “dedicated to the immigrants”

Memorial plaque will highlight Cologne-Deutz Train Station as a central German place of remembrance


Fifty two years ago, the millionth “guest worker” Armando Rodrigues de Sá reached Cologne-Deutz Train Station, where an array of representatives of employer associations, labor administrations, and press was awaiting him. Images of the shy man with his newly gifted motorcycle ran wild through the press and became symbols of the era of “guest worker.” In addition to Armando Rodrigues de Sá, more than 500,000 Spanish and Portuguese “guest workers” arrived in Germany via Cologne-Deutz Train Station. Their stories have become part of the German “immigration society.”

DOMiD has previously engaged itself in the life of Armando Rodrigues de Sá and the memorial site in Cologne. Upon the site’s anniversary two years ago, DOMiD participated in the celebration of a central day of remembrance, which simultaneously commemorated the arrival of Armando Rodrigues de Sá and the signing of the 1964 German-Portuguese recruitment agreement. Since then, a plaque has been located at Cologne-Deutz Train Station, which declares the location a central German memorial site. The photographs on the memorial plaque are located in the DOMiD archive. Alfred Koch, who photographically documented the arrival of Armando Rodrigues de Sá with his father on September 10, 1964, lately discussed his experience as a guest at DOMiD.

Photo: DOMiD