Menschen für Menschen
Karlheinz Böhm and his life’s work

On 16 May 1981, the actor Karlheinz Böhm appeared on the German ZDF television programme ‘Wetten, dass ...?’ and bet that ‘not even one in three viewers would donate a single Deutschmark, Swiss franc or seven Austrian schillings to the destitute people of the Sahelian zone.’ Karlheinz Böhm won the bet, but still flew out to Ethiopia in October 1981 with 1.2 million Deutschmarks. Deeply distressed by the situation of the people there, he founded the aid organisation Menschen für Menschen (People for People) on 13 November 1981 in Germany.

Today, he runs the organization with his wife, Almaz Böhm, and in the last 29 years with Menschen für Menschen, he has given well over four million Ethiopians new hope, as well as the chance of a better life and future.

‘My motivation is a little word called RAGE,’ explains Karlheinz Böhm. ‘Rage about the unjust and inhuman divide between the rich and poor.’
 

 
Picture credits:
Top row: Peter Smolka, Jürgen Escher, Heinrich Hormann
Middle row: Menschen für Menschen foundation, Rainer Kwiotek/Zeitenspiegel, Rainer Kwiotek/Zeitenspiegel
Bottom row: Menschen für Menschen foundation, Rainer Kwiotek/Zeitenspiegel, Rainer Kwiotek/Zeitenspiegel