Post tagged: Namibia

Namibia, Solidarity and Germany

In the first installment of the interview Reinhart Kößler speaks about the history of solidarity activism with the liberation struggles of Southern Africa in the former West Germany. He draws partly on his personal experience as an activist. In the second installment, Heike Becker and Reinhart Kößler discuss issues of …

“Not without us”: Ovaherero and Nama sue Germany for Genocide Damages

Ovaherero prisoners and German soldiers, 1907. Photo: SA History Online
Ovaherero prisoners and German soldiers, 1907. Photo: SA History Online

Negotiating the German colonial past remains hotly contested. In a spectacular new twist representatives of the communities directly affected by the 1904-1908 genocide in Namibia have taken the German government to court. With all eyes on the Ovaherero and Nama …

German Colonialism, Genocide, and Memory: Politics and an Exhibition

German colonial clock. Photo: Deutsches Historische Museum.
German colonial clock. Photo: Deutsches Historische Museum.

When former German Foreign Minister Joseph ‘Joschka’ Fischer visited the Namibian capital Windhoek in October 2003 he went on record to say that there would be no apology that might give grounds for reparations for the first genocide of the 20th century, which …