Tag Archives: Lebensraum or living space

A Holocaust before Hitler

This video documents the tragedies of the attempted genocide of the Herero and Nama people of Namibia during the Second Reich.  Through these historical records, it is my hope that we would acknowledge and accept the collective oppression that all people have endured and the crimes that we have committed against each other, as our sufferings are not to be compared but mourned and forgiven.  It is not a matter of who started it but the lamentable fact that it has not ended.

Additional Resources

What is genocide?

Anthropogeography defined.

Ben Kiernan, Blood and Soil: A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur, (R.R. Donnelley: Harrisonburg, VA, 2007).

Luderitz Concentration Camps

Benjamin Madley, Patterns of frontier genocide (1803-1910): the Aboriginal Tasmanians, the Yuki of California and the Herero of Namibia, Journal of Genocide Research 2004 6(2), June, 167-192.


Jurgen Zimmerer, Annihilation in Africa: The Race War in German Southwest Africa (194-1908) and Its Significance for a Global History of Genocide, GHI Bulletin No. 37 (Fall 2005), 51-57.