- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (4 Aug. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 057123142X
- ISBN-13: 978-0571231423
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Kaiser's Holocaust: Germany's Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism Paperback – 4 Aug 2011
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''Haunting book ... an unforgettable and unflinching account of a neglected atrocity.' -- Sunday Telegraph >> 'The authors ... seek to show that the Kaiser's Germany displayed an enthusiasm for "social Darwinism" and the imposition of white racial superiority long before Hitler got to work. The first half of their book tells a fascinating story ... a remarkable story, well told here.' -- Max Hastings, Sunday Times >> '(A) provocative and uncomfortably absorbing book. ... Impressively researched, The Kaiser s Holocaust unflinchingly catalogues the abuse of human life in a continent the Kaiser never even visited. Olusoga and Erichsen, with their novelist s flair for narrative, provide a grimly readable history ... the book remains a vitally important addition to the ever-growing literature of atrocity and deserves to be read widely.' -- Ian Thomson, Daily Telegraph >> 'In this powerful book, two historians seek to show that another component of Nazi thinking was the Second Reich s genocidal impulse towards the Herero and Nama peoples of German South-west Africa (now Namibia) in the early 1900s. David Olusoga, an Anglo-Nigerian BBC producer and Casper W Erichsen, a Danish-born historian who runs an NGO in Namibia, write with precision and passion about this chilling episode and its aftermath.' -- Christopher Silvester, Daily Express >> 'The authors powerfully show the crucial role that the bloody colonial period played in the development of the Nazi dogma ... Even more unsettling, the implication of this highly readable book is that the colonial experience of Europe must be re-examined for such unintended consequences. Olusoga and Erichsen have thus succeeded not only in authoritatively reviving a fascinating episode from a neglected past, but also in requiring a reassessment of some of our assumptions about the European colonial legacy.' -- Paddy Docherty, Financial Times >> 'Olusoga and Erichsen have written a vivid, powerful narrative of the Namibian genocide though disputed, the term does seem apt and of the ways it has been forgotten and remembered, concealed and exhumed. They have done some fascinating archival digging, and offer moving evocations of the sites of slaughter today; most especially Shark Island, now a tourist resort, but a century ago the most deadly of the colonial concentration camps. They give a compelling sketch of the multiple connections between Namibia and Nazism.' -- Stephen Howe, Independent >> 'German imperial ambition and theories of nationalism and racial purity were already powerful before the First World War. These combined with the struggle to possess land in Germany's African empire, provoked exterminations as strategies of control. This book focuses particularly on what is now Namibia, where the Herero and Nama peoples were killed, or driven into the desert to die, and finally interned in prototype death camps. This shocking episode is presented as evidence that 20th-century Nazism was not an isolated abberation.' -- The Times, Saturday Review >> 'The Kaiser's Holocaust lifts the veil on a horrific and little-known episode of history.' --Daily Mail
The Kaiser's Holocaust: Germany's Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism, by David Olusoga and Casper W. Erichsen, is the unknown story of the genocide of the Herero and Nama peoples in Germany's forgotten African Empire - an atrocity that foreshadowed the Nazi genocides forty years later.
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In the German genocide against Herero and Nama we read of extermination orders, forced labour and concentration camps designed to kill off indigenous peoples who were articulate, politically able and well resourced, but ultimately doomed as the Kaiser's troops introduce a policy of "absolute terror and cruelty... by shedding rivers of blood and money" (General von Trotha) in which the missionary churches were actively complicit.
This alone is a story that needs telling widely, but the second part of the work shows the significance of this colonial experience for future nazism. The colonies first Governor was the father of Hermann Göring, the uniform of the SA was that of the Wilhelm II's brown shirted colonial army. More significantly, the colonial period saw the emergence of the pseudo science of eugenics and the legal framework to protect the purity of German settlers from racial contamination.Read more ›
It is well-written and reads easily, but the events described beggar imagination. Unfortunately the behaviour described is of a kind the human race remains vulnerable to, so the importance of the book goes enormously beyond the destruction of the Herero and Nama peoples of German South West Africa (now Namibia) in a few years from 1904.
The proofreaders have failed to spot a few obvious misspellings and minor errors, but my main suggestion for a second edition is to insert a few decent maps.
It is in the subsequent four chapters beyond page 264, and for a further 80 pages, that the book lurches off into a different tack.Read more ›
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I read this shortly after reading and enjoying (as much as it is possible to enjoy) King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
It has become accepted in the Europe and else where that the German Holocaust began and ended with hitler from 1933 to 1945. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Hugh Duffy
An extremely well-written account of an event of which I certainly was unaware - namely the appalling treatment of the native peoples of German S W Africa (now Namibia) in the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by sally tarbox
Why has there been such massive silence for more than a century about this holocaust. Germany, oh Germany!! Of what else, in terms of savagery are you capable? Read morePublished 10 months ago by D. Njoku
A disturbing and well written book - explains a lot about the horrors of the twentieth century and how they came to be.Published 14 months ago by Tankhead Andy