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Germany’s Colonial Amnesia

Today many Germans are not even aware that their country once ruled colonies in Africa, Oceania and China. Such public amnesia about Germany’s colonial past does not imply only a lack of knowledge. Rather it manifests in the refusal to acknowledge the practice of German colonialism and countenance the consequences.

A prominent case is the genocide of 1904-1908 in then South West Africa. Germany admitted the fact in 2015. But bilateral negotiations with Namibia have not yet reached any result.

Source: The Conversation

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