The Kaiser’s Holocaust: Germany’s Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism by David Olusoga & Casper W. Erichsen
On 12 May 1883, the German flag was raised on the coast of South-West Africa, modern Namibia - 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. [book link]
That’s why I don’t even understand how classes talk about one Holocaust, and not include all the other hell that’s even worse than that! No to disrespect anyone
Don’t do that “worse than that ” stuff like just don’t.
Ever Is a Long Time: A Journey Into Mississippi’s Dark Past, A Memoirby W. Ralph Eubanks
In June of 1957, Governor James Coleman stepped before the cameras of “Meet the Press” and was asked whether the public schools would ever be integrated. “Well, ever is a long time,” he replied, “[but] I would say that a baby born in Mississippi today will never live long enough to see an integrated school.”
In this extraordinary pilgrimage, Library of Congress Publishing Director W. Ralph Eubanks recaptures the feel of growing up during this tumultuous era, deep in rural Mississippi. Vividly re-creating a time and place where even small steps across the Jim Crow line became a matter of life and death, and he offers eloquent testimony to a family’s grace against all odds.
I fuckin’ flat-out LOST IT at that last one. Holy shit.
I’m crying omfg