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
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  • Lulla V.
    06/25/2019 12:09

    Mais pour les juifs ils veulent bien payer. Encore et toujours l'homme noir est méprisé !

  • Jerskey J.
    06/25/2019 12:11

    French and Germans are monsters demons vampires bloodsuckers... they are wholly responsible for all the di stabilisation atrocities corruption (bad governance)... in Africa... Also they’re 10000% responsible for the heavy wave of African youths dying in the sea through their thrive to get to Europe...

  • Arijit M.
    06/25/2019 12:14

    Do consider making a clip on British rule n famine in Bengal..

  • Andrew W.
    06/25/2019 12:28

    So cry about it

  • Kate C.
    06/25/2019 12:38

    Yet, Africans still believed and trust these devil spawned demons... They've gone across the globe committing some of the most heinous crimes against humanity known to mankind but have convinced the entire world that Africans are to be feared. Imagine that?

  • Jan L.
    06/25/2019 12:40

    Is this like the concentration camps America has at it’s southern border that the Democrats are always raving about? Strange that all the illegal migrants are at least 50 lbs overweight with new cellphones.

  • Robert O.
    06/25/2019 12:49

    Just another shining example of humanity’s inhumanity... And it’s still going on and people are still making excuses for it and defending it around the world...

  • Shadi B.
    06/25/2019 12:57

    comme si la france a offert des snickers aux algériens

  • Vilmar T.
    06/25/2019 13:08


  • Breda D.
    06/25/2019 13:10

    Don't forget the British rule in Ireland, and the famine 2million people died, while the British exported our food to England.😭

  • Raymond L.
    06/25/2019 13:14

    Every race has experienced genocide at some point, so whats the point here? we all grow from it and move on when we dwell on our pasted is when it becomes a problem .

  • Brut
    06/25/2019 13:19

    Last year, Germany returned the skulls of Namibian genocide victims.

  • Muhammad H.
    06/25/2019 14:15

    Germen killed in millions africans Americans killed millions of native Americans and muslims and Vietnamese British killed millions of indian Irish and other around the wold Israeli killed thousands of Palestine people French killed millions of muslims of arab Spain killed millions of Mexican and ithers.... Yet muslims are terrorists and.. Rest of all are civilized...

  • Ketty V.
    06/25/2019 14:42

    when evil, glutteny runs through their veins... nothing changes

  • Naz K.
    06/25/2019 16:15

    Later on how many genocides, plz calculate them.

  • Naz K.
    06/25/2019 16:27

    Horrific !

  • Shah R.
    06/25/2019 17:37

    All humans are equal, no preference of white over black nor has black over white

  • Jerome E.
    06/25/2019 17:43

    Nothing will ever be right.....until you kill off the white....

  • Sheik A.
    06/25/2019 22:58


  • Nazir N.
    06/26/2019 00:13

    America still killing people my the millions in the middle East.iraq.. Syria.. Afghanistan.........