The First Genocide of the 20th Century

Nearly 100,000 people died, but you probably didn't learn about the Namibian Genocide in history class, the first genocide of the 20th century.

The forgotten Namibian genocide, first of the 20th century

Namibia, a country in southwest Africa, is distinguished by the Namib Desert along its Atlantic Ocean coast. The country is home to diverse wildlife, including a significant cheetah population. The capital, Windhoek, and coastal town Swakopmund contain German colonial-era buildings such as Windhoek's Christuskirche, built in 1907. In the north, Etosha National Park’s salt pan draws game including rhinos and giraffes.

It is the birthplace of the world’s first genocide of the 20th century in Namibia, the Herero and the Nama were exterminated. In January 1904, the Herero revolted against the German colonizers, killing around 100 people. In response, German general Lothar von Trotha was sent there to subdue the rebellion. Known for his cruelty, he signed an extermination order. The soldiers forced the children to watch all these murders. The colonial army developed various genocide techniques: massacres, exile in the desert and concentration camps. Children, women, old people, men, everyone had to be exterminated. They forced them into the desert, where they died of hunger, they poisoned their wells. Roughly 50% of the Nama and 80% of the Herero were exterminated and nearly 100,000 people died based on data from the Courtesy of National. Their skulls were then sent to Germany for scientific experiments.

Physician Eugen Fischer, whose historical racist writings would influence Adolf Hitler, officiated in the Namibian camps. His goal was to prove the superiority of the white race. Although they represented nearly 40% of the Namibian population at the beginning of the century, the Herero now account for only 7%. For the past three decades, descendants have been demanding recognition and reparations from the German authorities. They have consistently refused to talk to us, arguing that we are a non-sovereign, non-state entity.

Several German leaders have already recognized this genocide, but the government opposes any financial reparations.


06/25/2019 12:00 PM


  • Kevin J.
    05/26/2020 13:40

    Very sad

  • Valérie O.
    05/25/2020 01:02

    .... Sans d'autres mot, que sympathies... 😔

  • Ida S.
    05/10/2020 00:02

    How sad they suffered like that there going to those bad men will meet there maker and there will be judgement day and only God will judge them. 😢😢😢

  • Aretha D.
    03/17/2020 18:23

    Such brutes

  • Honeylyn M.
    03/17/2020 12:05

    descendants of hitler... this is where he gót his traits

  • Guillaume K.
    03/12/2020 03:09


  • Cj B.
    03/11/2020 22:35

    We waiting too.

  • Elenea H.
    03/10/2020 15:37


  • Elenea H.
    03/10/2020 15:37

    Omg 😲. Is the grace of God why I forgive white peoples. For what they have done to my ancestors.

  • Linda H.
    03/09/2020 23:24


  • Vanessa S.
    03/09/2020 20:04

    Dios no savia de esta terrible Historia veridica Cuanta mardad es ignorancia puedes tener un ser tan depreciable Q farta d Humanida y de Amor tubieron eso sarvajes

  • Kamala M.
    03/09/2020 01:42

    Wicked set of People. Evil I just can't understand the heart's and minds of these people. 💯. We will never forget.

  • Luis B.
    03/08/2020 21:19

    Wow the Germans have been killing humans so far in their existence. Smh.

  • Mike R.
    03/07/2020 23:22

    They practice have everything now and they still complaining

  • Connie R.
    03/07/2020 22:48

    Sounds like America!

  • Phil C.
    03/07/2020 05:34

    Why do they do this in Africa Why?

  • Keith E.
    03/07/2020 01:55


  • Shay H.
    03/06/2020 20:48

    The coronavirus and this planet that's coming that's in our atmosphere is going to take care of all of this this planet is called the Gentile Destroyer and is coming for y'all head for what y'all done to the most high people just know that!!!

  • الشايب ا.
    03/06/2020 15:38

    so sad

  • Ntxhoo X.
    03/06/2020 01:35

    When I think of all the atrocities committed by colonialism it makes my blood boil. Why does one race think they are better than others! There’s no need to fear the devil for he is already here within us and among us.

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