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The Kaiser's Holocaust: Germany's Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism
The Kaiser's Holocaust: Germany's Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism
by Casper Erichsen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good colonial history but ......, 7 Nov. 2011
The pre WWI history of the German colonisation of Southwest Africa (current Namibia) is interesting and not dealt with in modern texts, although the authors state that there is ample contemporary documentation that was instrumental in relieving Germany of her colonies in the 1918 Versailles settlements. That many of the colonists should have lived through to the Nazi era is no surprise, but the link between colonial policies and personalities, a significant component of the book seem tenuous and contrived: the authors' statement of the facts is impeccable, and they acknowledge that many repatriated colonists were not in fact supporters of the Nazis. However the selection of material for the book, and the overall layout seems to imply that attitudes and experiences gained in the colonies were central to the development of Nazi race policies and the conduct of WWII.

The book reads well as a narrative and some of the 'forgotten' facts, such as the role of the deranged Kaiser Wilhelm II in genocidal policies in Africa makes fascinating reading. However I was left disappointed by the lack of focus on Africa and the fate of the displaced tribes, and the undue attention given to subsequent Nazi history which really seems to have little orno part in this tale.
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