Posted by: Dr. Y. | May 16, 2016

Germany in Namibia: the First Genocide of the 20th Century

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Survivors of the Herero genocide (Wikimedia)

How many think that the first big genocide of the 20th century happened during world war II, and was the holocaust? If you thought so, then think again. The Holocaust was not Germany’s first genocide. The very first genocide of the 20th century occurred in Namibia, on the African continent. It was perpetrated by Germans on the Herero and Nama people of Namibia. It was extremely brutal and almost wiped out all Herero people. It was a campaign of racial extermination and collective punishment that the German Empire undertook in German South-West Africa (modern-day Namibia) against the Herero and Nama people. It took place between 1904 and 1907 during the Herero Wars. Today it is known as the Namibian genocide or the Herero and Namaqua genocide. For the longest time, the German government denied it until 2004 when they finally acknowledged and apologized for the atrocities they perpetrated to wipe out an entire race. However, they ruled out financial compensation for the victims’ descendants. They still refuse to officially name these actions as “genocide”.

 

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Chained Herero men

In total, between 24,000 and 100,000 Herero and 10,000 Nama died. The genocide was characterized by widespread death from starvation and dehydration due to the prevention of the retreating Herero from leaving the Namib Desert by German forces. Some sources also state that the German colonial army systematically poisoned desert water wells. Moreover, the Germans also tested the very first use of concentration camps on the Herero and Nama people.

 

Before the genocide, the tribe numbered 80,000; after it, only 15,000 remained. Enjoy the video below which tells it all.


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  1. What about America?

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    • Thanks for your comments. I did specify ‘first genocide of the 20th century’, and that is what the Herero and Nama genocide qualifies at. Moreover, most forget the fact that Germans did practice their atrocities 30 years earlier in Africa, way before the Holocaust.

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  2. Thank you for your explanation . It is so necesary fort us.

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  3. Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

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    • Thanks for reblogging this article.

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  4. Thank you for posting this! We should ALL know why we’ve never heard of it! I know, I do!

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    • Yes… indeed Shelby, we should all know why we were never told about this genocide.

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      • Thank you very much for posting about this! Knowledge is power.

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      • Yes indeed Shelby, knowledge is power.

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  5. Reblogged this on shelbycourtland and commented:
    I bet you’ve never heard of THIS holocaust! I wonder why! Like hell I do!

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    • Thanks Shelby, for reblogging this article.

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      • You are welcome! The pleasure was all mine! Thank you for posting it!

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  6. Germany also dumped poppy narcotics in Africa when the Pacific Rim became less accepting. The AIDS epidemic in Africa spread outward from former German colonies, and suggests the disease is more a needle-borne disease than an STD.

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