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


  • Onna C.
    09/07/2021 00:44

    Omg ,this is awful

  • Fisher K.
    07/07/2021 16:51

    Does Germany citizens looks at this video and feel proud of what they have done in past, or they just drink coffee and start whispering to it!

  • Joyce G.
    10/03/2020 13:50

    Man some deep history this touch my heart with tears

  • Obakeng R.
    09/09/2020 04:09

    European countries and America We are now wise enough to see how you divided us black people and it's just a matter of time for us to take Revenge and burn you and your properties in Africa We don't need you here anymore only our corrupt leaders to because to bribe them

  • Derrick C.
    09/08/2020 19:12

    ✊🏿.......OUR TIME WILL COME 🧐🤨

  • Antonio D.
    08/30/2020 20:30

    Heart breaking !

  • Andrea R.
    08/30/2020 19:28

    This is awful. I thought the Armenian genocide of 1915 was the first.

  • Saundra C.
    08/30/2020 18:57


  • Sandra J.
    08/22/2020 12:54

    Never forget such evil

  • Brenda S.
    08/17/2020 19:48

    Still Nazis then

  • Rasiha M.
    08/12/2020 21:40

    No Developed countries I call them criminals Countries

  • Echelle G.
    08/12/2020 16:37

    And no body can explain why in this day and age

  • Abgaile N.
    08/12/2020 15:37

    I don’t know what we did to deserve this

  • Grace A.
    08/12/2020 13:42


  • Jane K.
    08/11/2020 22:01

    Christopher COLUMBUS was another CRIMINAL

  • Donna L.
    08/11/2020 08:42

    God is going to give it back! He said so !

  • Donna L.
    08/11/2020 08:40

    U will suffer fir your sins .

  • Badri H.
    08/10/2020 13:20

    I dont see white supremacy but brutality. If not in this world, in the Day of Judgement they will be held accountable and punish severely in Hell Fire forever and ever. "Indeed, those who disbelieve in Our verses - We will drive them into a Fire. Every time their skins are roasted through We will replace them with other skins so they may taste the punishment. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted in Might and Wise." (Al-Quran Surah An Nisa 4:56)

  • Ed C.
    08/10/2020 04:43

    The Germans learned from Canada and the United States about concentration camps and extermination, they wiped out many First Nations peoples, all those Nations that were wiped out caused a mini ice age.

  • Monica A.
    08/09/2020 22:46

    Justice will come but not from humans. Enough is enough.😦😧😰

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