Genocide of the Herero and Nama

Genocide of the Herero and Nama

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History and Analysis Books



Olusoga, David and Casper W. Erichson. The Kaiser’s Holocaust: Germany’s Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism, Faber and Faber, 2011.

Sarkin, Jeremy. Colonial Genocide and Reparations Claims in the 21st Century: The Socio-Legal Context of Claims Under International Law by the Herero Against Germany for Genocide in Namibia, 1904-1908, Praeger Security International, 2009.

Sarkin, Jeremy. Germany’s Genocide of the Herero: Kaiser Wilhelm II, His General, His Settlers, His Soldiers, Boydell and Brewer, 2011.

Weiser, Martin. The Herero War- The First Genocide of the 20th Century? GRIN Verlag, 2008.

U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.  Did Germany’s Actions in the Herero Rebellion Constitute Genocide? CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014.


Fiction Books



Kaye, E. J. This Is the Dead Land: A Novel of the Herero.  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013.

Kubuitsile, Lauri. The Scattering.  Penguin Random House South Africa, 2016.


Legal Cases



Hereros ex rel. Riruako v. Deutsche Afrika-Linien Gmblt & Co., 232 F. App’x 90 (3d Cir., 2007)

The Hereros v. Deutsche Afrika-Linien GMBLT & Co., No. CIV.A.05-1872(KSH), 2006 WL 182078, at *1 (D.N.J. Jan. 24, 2006)

Herero People’s Reparations Corp. v. Deutsche Bank AG, No. CIV. 01-01868 CKK, 2003 WL 26119014, at *1 (D.D.C. July 31, 2003)

Herero People’s Reparations Corp. v. Deutsche Bank AG, No. 03 CIV. 0991 (RLC), 2006 WL 903197, at *1 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 5, 2006)

Herero People’s Reparations et al. v. Federal Republic of Germany, 1:01cv0 1987

Herero People’s Reparation Corp. v. Deutsche Bank, A.G., 543 U.S. 987, 125 S. Ct. 508, 160 L. Ed. 2d 371 (2004)

Herero People’s Reparations Corp. v. Deutsche Bank, A.G., 370 F.3d 1192 (D.C. Cir. 2004)


News and Reports




Letter to the Editor for “A Colonial-Era Wounds Open in Namibia,” Ngondi A. Kamatuka, January 2017.

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2015: Namibia.

“Documenting Violence Against Women, Even if It’s Hard to Look,” Aileen Jacobsen, March 2016.

“Drought Hits Namibia’s Poor the Hardest,” Al Jazeera, October 2013.

“Entire Tribe Killed: Germans Exterminate Natives of South West Africa,” The Daily East Oregonian, Amazon Digital Services, 2015.

“Forgotten Genocide: Namibia’s quest for Reparations,” Al Jazeera, August 2015.

Genocide Negotiations Reopen Colonial Wounds In Namibia,” Al Jazeera, July 2016.

“Germany Grapples With Its African Genocide,” Norimitsu Onishi, New York Times, December 2016.

“Germany is sued in U.S. over early-1900s Namibia slaughter,” Jonathan Stempel, January 2017.

“Herero and Nama groups sue Germany over Namibia Genocide,” World Breaking News, January 2017.

“Namibia Spurns German Reparations,” Al Jazeera, November 2005.

“Namibia Genocide and the Second Reich.”

“Open Letter to the City of Hamburg and the People of Hamburg,” Ngondi A. Kamatuka, et al., January 2017.

“Pressure Grows on Germany in Legal Battle Over Colonial-Era Genocide,” DW, January 2018.

“The Leaders of Ovaherero and Nama Indigenous Peoples Announce the Filing of a Federal Class Action Lawsuit in U.S. Federal Court in New York”

“The Leaders of Ovaherero and Nama Indigenous Peoples Announce the Filing of UN Complaints,” Africavenir, September 2016.

“The Troubling Origins of the Skeletons in a New York Museum,” Daniel A. Gross, The New Yorker, January 2018.






Anderson, Rachel,  “Redressing Colonial Genocide Under International Law: The Hereros’ Cause of Action Against Germany,” California Law Review, Volume 93, Issue 4, pp. 1155-1190, 2005.

Carlson, Rachel, “Transitional Justice.”

Erickson, Sarah, “Human Rights in Namibia.”

Grofe, Jan, “Shadows of the Past: Chances and Problems for Herero in Claiming Reparations From Multinationals for Past Human Rights Violations,” The University of Western Cape, 2002.

Harring, Sidney L., “German Reparations to the Herero Nation: An Assertion of Herero Nationhood in the Path of Namibian Development,” West Virginia Law Review 393-417, Volume 104, Winter 2002; also in CUNY Academic Works, 2002, at

Kennedy, Ellen J., “China in Namibia.”

Kennedy, Ellen J., “Climate Change in Namibia.”

Markusen, Randi, “Botswana and a Legacy of Genocide.”

Nagiel, Svetlana Meyerzon, “An Overlooked Gateway to Victim Compensation: How States Can Provide A Forum for Human Rights Claims,” Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, Vol. 46, No. 1, pp. 133, 2007.






Namibia Genocide and the Second Reich, BBC Bristol, produced and directed by David Olusoga

One Hundred Years of Silence, Turbine Films