Namibia’s politics shaped by German colonialism and genocide

A map of the former German colony, today Namibia

For the students in German 340: Afro-German History and Culture, and all those interested in colonial history, a story in the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail might be interesting:

Reporter Geoffrey York investigates how an increasing “radicalism” in Namibian politics today is fueled by the actions of the German colonial settlers and the German colonial army, which have illegally taken the land of the Hereros, imprisoned them in camps, and almost killed the entire community in what is today sometimes referred to as the first genocide of the 20th century.

Read the full article here.

I first found a reference to this article on the blog “Africa is a Country“.

For more on the history of the German colonies in Namibia, see also the book “The Kaiser’s Holocaust: Germany’s Forgotten Genocide and the Colonials Roots of Nazism”, by David Olusoga and Casper Erichsen.

Here’s a “trailer” for the book, presumably produced by publisher faber&faber:


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