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The video begins with the attempted genocide of the Herero people. From another thread:
The first Holocaust: Horrifying secrets of Germany's earliest genocide inside Africa's 'Forbidden Zone'
By SEAN THOMAS
UPDATED: 06:13 EST, 7 February 2009
This must be the most God-forsaken place on Earth. I'm standing on a dusty desert road in a desolate country on the south-west coast of Africa.
In front of me is an unspoken border. Summoning the courage, I prepare to step across.
For the past 100 years, this simple act would have got me arrested, beaten or shot.
Emaciated and close to death: Some of the few Herero who escaped the 1907 genocide
But dig a little deeper and the charm dwindles. At the far end of Luderitz harbour is a small promontory called Shark Island. It was once a real island, but was recently attached to Luderitz by a causeway.
In 1905, Shark Island became the world's first extermination camp when the German colonial forces, enraged by tribal rebellions, turned on the local Witbooi people. Many Witbooi were killed in the colonial war. Those that remained were herded on to tiny, inhospitable Shark Island.
The Germans sent them there to die. The tactic worked: countless hundreds perished, and the Witbooi were wiped from the face of the Earth. That was bad enough. But this was merely a precursor to a second, much larger German-Namibian holocaust.
In the mid-1900s the Herero people of northern Namibia rebelled, massacring dozens of German settlers. The Germans saw this revolt as a serious threat to the potential of their diamond-rich colony, so they despatched a ruthless Prussian imperialist, Lothar von Trotha, to deal with the uprising.
The Kaiser's explicit instructions to his upper-class viceroy were to 'emulate the Huns' in savagery. Von Trotha didn't need encouraging. His intentions were quite plain. 'I know enough tribes in Africa,' he boasted. 'They are all alike insofar as they only yield to violence. My policy was, and is, to exercise this violence with blatant terrorism and cruelty.'
He was as good as his word. After several battles, where the Herero were slain in their multitudes, von Trotha decided to finish the job once and for all by destroying the entire Herero people. In 1907 he issued his notorious extermination order, or ernichtungsbefehl.
'I, the great general of the German soldiers, send this letter to the Herero . . . the Herero are no longer German subjects. . . they must leave the country. If they do not leave I will force them out with the big gun. All Herero, armed or unarmed, will be shot dead. I will no longer accept women or children, they will be forced out or they will also be shot. These are my words to the Herero.' The Herero were driven west, into the Kalahari desert, to expire.
Guards were stationed at waterholes so the people couldn't drink; many wells were deliberately poisoned. In the searing heat of the desert, denied water and food, the Herero didn't last long. Some women and children tried to return, but they were immediately shot.
Accounts of the holocaust are unbearably harrowing. Witnesses reported hundreds of people just lying in the desert, dying of thirst.
Children went mad among the corpses of their parents; the buzzing of the flies was deafening. Paralysed people were eaten alive by leopards and jackals.
The end was swift; the 'thirstland' of the Kalahari had taken its toll. The official German Imperial report into this colonial 'war' concluded with sickening eloquence: 'The death rattle of the dying and the furious screams of madness . . . faded away in the sublime silence of infinitude.'
Reliable historians estimate that 60,000 died in this appalling crime, constituting 70 to 80 per cent of the entire Herero people. The genocide affects Namibia's demography and politics to this day.
Was this hideous crime a 'rehearsal' for the Nazi Holocaust?
We can never know. What we do know is the name of the German official in charge of Namibian government during this time. It was Heinrich Goering - the father of Hitler's most loyal Reichsmarshall.
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After that beginning, however, I'd take everything said about the reasons behind the British abolitionists' actions with a grain of salt. For instance, all the high falutin talk of "Godless" native and aboriginal peoples the British encountered, kinda takes on a different shade when in the next breath, they begin talking of clearing (seizing!) the native and aboriginal peoples' lands for British settlement.
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