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Life and Work at the Court of Haile Selassie I: Memoirs of Lore Trenkler

A talk on the life of Lore Trenkler, Emperor Haile Selassie's 'European' cook.

Lore Trenkler (born Berlin 1914, died Vienna 2002) was an Austrian, who from November 1960 to February 1962 was dietician of Ethiopian Empress Menen, and afterwards ‘European’ cook of Emperor Haile Selassie in Addis Ababa’s Jubilee Palace until the latter was toppled by Mengistu Haile Mariam; she continued to cook for H.I.M. until his death in August 1975.

Her memoirs (written for her relatives in Vienna and published by the speaker, a former Austrian ambassador to Ethiopia) offer a glimpse of life in the Guenette Leul and the Jubilee Palaces in Addis Ababa, and imperial palaces in Asmara, Massawa and Dire Dawa, and the Emperor’s role in traditional orthodox religious festivities. They also give an insight into the daily work of a palace cook, and are literally a description of work and life from ‘downstairs’ in an imperial Ethiopian palace, and how ferenjis lived in Ethiopia in the 1960s and 1970s.


Rudolf Agstner | talks


Date and Time:

7 December 2011 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Russell Square

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Organised by:

The Anglo-Ethiopian Society
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7:00pm, Room G3, Main Building, SOAS

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