The Kaiser's Holocaust: Germany's Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism

The Kaiser's Holocaust: Germany's Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism

Title:The Kaiser's Holocaust: Germany's Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism
ISBN:9780571231416
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages

On 12 May 1883, the German flag was raised on the coast of South-West Africa, modern Namibia a the beginnings of Germany's African Empire. As colonial forces moved in, their ruthless punitive raids became an open war of extermination. Thousands of the indigenous people were killed or driven out into the desert to die. By 1905, the survivors were interned in concentration camps, and systematically starved and worked to death.Years later, the people and ideas that drove the ethnic cleansing of German South West Africa would influence the formation of the Nazi party. The Kaiser's Holocaust uncovers extraordinary links between the two regimes: their ideologies, personnel, even symbols and uniform. The Herero and Nama genocide was deliberately concealed for almost a century. Today, as the graves of the victims are uncovered, its re-emergence challenges the belief that Nazism was an aberration in European history. The Kaiser's Holocaust passionately narrates this harrowing story and explores one of the defining episodes of the twentieth century from a new angle. Moving, powerful and unforgettable, it is a story that needs to be told.


    The Kaiser's Holocaust: Germany's Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism Reviews

  • Anastasia Fitzgerald-Beaumont

    In Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, there is a museum dedicated to the mass murder of the Tutsis in April, 1994. The whole thing is terribly well done, terribly moving, particularly the last part, where...

  • Jan-Maat

    This book does a lot in a limited amount of space. It sets up and gives a thorough background on the various Peoples inhabiting what was to become German South-West Africa. Some groups of whom had bee...

  • Chris Coffman

    This book, which documents a seemingly obscure place and time, is in fact the long-lost key to the origins of one of the two great catastrophes of the twentieth century.Since the end of the Second Wor...

  • Adam

    HOW THE SOUTHWEST WAS WONOne of the great stumbling blocks during the lengthy, eight year process leading up to the Union of South Africa in 1910 was whether or not to give non-Europeans the right to ...

  • Udeni

    This carefully researched and well written book argues that the Nazi death camps were descended directly from the Nambian death camps of Kaiser Wilhelm II. The memory of Germany's empire has become se...

  • Zirk

    The Namibian part of this book deserves a four or five-star rating. Unfortunately too much of the last half of the book is devoted to a retelling of the rise of Nazism, covering well-trodden history w...

  • Aidan Mcquaid

    As someone with a passing interest in Europes colonial adventures this book was a real eye opener.Rather than a story of German expansion in Western Africa it told the story of how entire native popul...

  • Andrew

    There is much covered in this detailed history of Germany's colony in South West Africa. As well as the genocide that occurred at the beginning of the twentieth century, this book looks at how many of...

  • Ian

    I thought the arguments set out in this book were really well done. It was an expose of the inhuman treatment that the Germany of the Kaiser meted out to the African population in their sole African c...

  • Marcy

    In a word, this book is simply brilliant. It is a terrifically engaging and well-written historical text. But more importantly, it fills a tremendous lacunae in both African history as well as Nazi ho...