The Kaiser's Holocaust: Germany's Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism

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Faber & Faber, 2010 - 394 Seiten
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On 12 May 1883, the German flag was raised on the coast of South-West Africa, modern Namibia. As settlers began to take over the tribal lands of the indigenous peoples, the Herero and Nama resisted and Germany launched a war of extermination. It ended with the construction of concentration camps, in which prisoners were systematically worked and starved to death. Years later, the soldiers and bureaucrats who had administered the camps, and the racial theories that had inspired them, would play a role in the formation of Nazism. David Olusoga and Casper W. Erichsen have uncovered extraordinary links between the Nazis and the atrocities committed in Africa under Kaiser Wilhelm. The infamous brown shirts worn by the Nazi storm troopers were colonial uniforms, originally designed as camouflage for the desert sand. The memory of Germany's African empire was revived as inspiration for the Nazi's wartime empire in the European East. Using shocking new archival evidence, The Kaiser's Holocaust is the definitive account of a genocide that was deliberately concealed for a century - a history that modern Germany has not yet come to terms with. Today, as the graves of the victims are uncovered in the Namibian deserts, the re-emergence of the Kaiser's holocaust poses a profound challenge to the notion that Nazi violence was an aberration in European history. (Faber)

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German concentration camps in Namibia: a pre-cursor to those of WW2, 10 July 2015 This review is from: The Kaiser's Holocaust: Germany's Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism (Paperback ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nazism wasn't a 20th century aberration; its ideas and practices were tested in German SW Africa (Namibia) decades earlier. Genocide against the Hereros and Nama; the first death camps at Shark Island ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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David Olusoga is an Anglo-Nigerian historian and producer. He has travelled extensively in Africa, and has been drawn to Namibia and its troubled history since the middle 2000s. He currently works for the BBC. ..Born in Denmark, Casper W. Erichsen has lived in Africa for the past 14 years. He has devoted much of his time to the genocide of the Herero and Nama peoples. He is currently the Director of a Namibian NGO dealing with HIV and AIDS.

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