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Hermann JUNKER  1877 - 1962

aka H. Junker
occupation archeologist
birth 29 Nov 1877, Bendorf, GERMANY
death 9 Jan 1962, Trier, GERMANY
marriage married to:


  • Hermann

    b. 29 Nov 1877, Bendorf, AUSTRIA
    d. 9 Jan 1962, Trier, GERMANY

  • Maria

    b. ............
    d. ...........

  • sister

    b. ............
    d. ...........


In 1911 Hermann Junker made recordings in Egypt, AFRICA:
- 1) Fairy tale of the fox and the donkey. Nubian group in Kenzi language.
- 2) Arabic poetry “Namim”. Nubian group in Kenzi language.
- 3) Fairy tale and Nubian song. Nubian group in Kenzi language.
- 4) Eyptian male vocal solo song in Arabic.
- 5) Prayer Arabic male solo.
- 6) Text about henna, Nubian group in Kenzi language.
(source: Austrian Phonogrammarchiv)

Professor H. Junker hat Musik- und Sprachaufnahmen aus Nubien mitgebracht. (in: Phonographische Zeitschrift, 14 Jahrg. (11 Sep 1913), No. 37, p. 876)

Made Nubian recordings (PhZ 14/37/876) with Gustav Klameth

The latter - a leading Austrian archeologist - went by the name of Professor Hermann Junker. With several major discoveries to his name the renown Egyptologist was established in Egypt even before WW1. Upon moving into No. 5 Kamel Mohammed he used the upper two floors as his official residence. The mansion's lower floor and basement became the German Archeological Institute in Cairo.
Junker's library was second to none. His work and discoveries were recorded and taught all over the world. Which is why, whenever a German-speaking visitors of consequence came to Egypt, it was Professor Junker who escorted them around the Giza pyramids or walked them through the Egyptian Museum. Visitors eager to learn more about Egypt's treasures would invariably call at No. 5 for a cup of tea and stimulating conversation.
Ironically, it was his last visitor who brought down the veteran Egyptologist along with the rest of Egypt's German-speaking community. Although it is unsure whether or not Josef Goebbles dropped in at No. 5 Kamel Mohammed, al-Ahram recounts in detail how Professor Junker hosted Germany's minister of propaganda at the Giza plateau in April 1939.
WW2 was declared the following June. Considered an enemy alien Junker was persona non grata in Egypt. And since all German assets were sequestered, ditto the German Archeological Center. (internet)


  • Notizen. Das Phonogrammarchiv der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien hat wieder eine ansehnliche Bereicherung zu verzeichnen. (in: Phonographische Zeitschrift, 14 Jahrg. (11 Sep 1913), No. 37, p. 876)
  • Aus meinem Leben by Samuel Ali Hussein (Husayn). Wiesbaden, Verlag der Suda-Pionier-Mission, 1920. 133 pages.
  • European Evangelicals in Egypt (1900-1956: Cultural entanglements and missionary spaces by Samir Boulos. Leiden/Boston Brill, 2016 (picture of Hermann Junker on p. 69)





Maria Kapkidi (co-researcher RP)