Mahjub bin Adam Mohamed Hussein was born on 22 February 1904 in Tanzania, the then “German East Africa” colonised by the German Empire. He later took the name Bayume Mohamed Husen. Husen is a Germanisation of the name Hussein. Hussein was the son of an officer of the “Askari” (Arabic: soldier). This term was used to describe African men who served in the colonial troops of the armies of European colonial powers. For a short time, Hussein attended the government school in Dar es Salaam. During the First World War, he was recruited as a child soldier at the age of ten. He was wounded and became a British prisoner of war.
Hussein stayed in Berlin. For five years he worked as a waiter in the Wild West Bar and the Turkish Café of the “Haus Vaterland”, a legendary entertainment palace on Potsdamer Platz. He also worked for ten years as a lecturer for the Swahili language, Kiswahili, at the Seminar for Oriental Languages. In addition, he appeared in so-called “Völkerschauen” and acted in colonial films.
In the summer of 1941, Hussein was denounced for having a relationship with a white woman. He was taken into “protective custody” on the charge of “racial defilement”. Hussein was transferred from the Alexanderplatz prison to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp on 27 September 1941. He died there on 24 November 1944.