Germany to apologise and admit massacre of 100,000 Namibian tribesmen was a genocide considered a precursor to the Holocaust

Germany to apologise and admit massacre of 100,000 Namibian tribesmen was a genocide considered a precursor to the Holocaust

  • Up to 100,000 Herero and 10,000 Nama peoples died in the genocide 
  • They were systematically exterminated by colonial troops a century ago 
  • The massacre is widely considered a precursor to the Holocaust

Germany says it will formally apologise for the genocide of tens of thousands of indigenous Namibians while they were under colonial rule more than 100 years ago.

Up to 100,000 Herero people and around 10,000 Nama people died in a systematic extermination by German troops in modern-day Namibia from 1904 to 1908.

Lothar von Trotha, a brutal imperialist general, was in charge of crushing rebellions in what was then known as German South-West Africa and ordered his troops to wipe out the tribes in what is widely seen as the 20th century’s first genocide and a precursor to the Holocaust a few decades later.

Herero men are chained together by colonial forces in what was then known as German South West Africa

Herero men are chained together by colonial forces in what was then known as German South West Africa

German troops pose for a photo with tribe members during the genocide from 1904 to 1908

German troops pose for a photo with tribe members during the genocide from 1904 to 1908

Imperialist German General Lothar von Trotha was in charge of crushing rebellions during colonial rule

Imperialist German General Lothar von Trotha was in charge of crushing rebellions during colonial rule

The Herero tribe launched an uprising in 1904 and killed more than 100 German civilians after German settlers stole their land, cattle and women.

The Nama joined the revolt a year later.

In response, the Germans were ruthless and drove men, women and children further into the desert, where they were killed by troops or died of starvation.

 

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