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Karl Square

The Karlheinz Böhm Square in Addis Ababa is commonly known as Karl Square. Karlheinz Böhm was an Austrian-German actor and philanthropist (16 March 1928-29 May 2014). He was the founder (November 1981) of the humanitarian organization ‘Menschen für Menschen’ (Humans for Humans), which helps people in need in Ethiopia. In 2003 he also received honorary Ethiopian citizenship. He was last married to Almaz Böhm, a native of Ethiopia in 1991, and they had two children. Karlheinz was reportedly suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and he lived in Salzburg (Austria) until his death. Former German President, Horst Köhler, visited Ethiopia on his two-week tour of four African countries and, on the occasion of the inauguration of Karl Square in Addis Ababa on June 23/2011; he lauded the commitment of Karlheinz Böhm.