GERMANY STILL REFUSES TO APOLOGISE FOR GENOCIDE OF HERERO AND NAMA IN NAMIBIA
‘’Luschan also asked a Lieutenant Ralf Zürn, stationed in Okahandja, South-West Africa, just after the massacre of the Hereros by the German colonialists begun: “If you are aware of any possible way in which we might acquire a larger number of Herero skulls…” The lieutenant responded that this would be possible “since in the concentration camps taking and preserving the skulls of Herero prisoners of war will be more readily possible than in the country, where there is always a danger of offending the ritual feelings of the natives”. Andrew Zimmerman (1)
The Herero and Nama have brought a legal action in United States on reparations from Germany.
From all the news we are receiving from Germany, it seems the German government has enormous difficulty in admitting the genocide of the Herero and Nama in the former German colony of South-West Africa and apologising for the genocide and other atrocities committed by German forces in the colony and paying compensation not only for the killings but also for the forceful and illegal confiscation of the property of the Herero and Nama such as land, and cattle. (2)
We have on many occasions expressed our views on several aspects of the basic issues involved in the longstanding dispute between the African peoples of Namibia and their former colonial masters who do not seem to want to acknowledge and bear the consequences of the genocide and other atrocities committed in the German colony, Namibia, previously known as German South West Africa. (3)
This running dispute is remarkable in many ways. No one disputes the basic facts of German actions of genocide. German writers have recorded the events of the genocide of the Herero and Nama. Most readers will remember the infamous extermination command of the notorious and evil Lothar von Trotha on 2 October,1904:
‘I, the great general of the German soldiers, send this letter to the Herero. The Herero are German subjects no longer. They have killed, stolen, cut off the ears and other parts of the body of wounded soldiers, and now are too cowardly to want to fight any longer. I announce to the people that whoever hands me one of the chiefs shall receive 1,000 marks, and 5,000 marks for Samuel Maherero. The Herero nation must now leave the country. If it refuses, I shall compel it to do so with the ‘long tube’ (cannon). Any Herero found inside the German frontier, with or without gun or cattle, will be executed. I shall spare neither women nor children. I shall give the order to drive them away and fire on them. Such are my words to the Herero people’.
The great General of the mighty German Kaiser”. Extermination Order by the German commander, General Lothar von Trotha. (4)
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