The Big Hole in Germany’s Nazi Reckoning? Its Colonial History


While Germany has long been lauded for the way it has confronted its Nazi history, activists say the country has yet to come to terms with its violent colonial legacy in Africa. Between 1884 and 1918, German colonizers killed tens of thousands of Africans during their reign over modern-day Ghana, Togo, Cameroon, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, and Namibia. Signs and memorials honoring the German colonizers who perpetrated these atrocities remain scattered around the country, schools teach little of the history, and the government has yet to apologize for the nation’s colonial crimes.

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