• Africa to Auschwitz: Germany, Genocide, and Denial

    Ovaherero prisoners, 1904. Photo courtesy of the National Archives of Namibia.

    HMTC presents Africa to Auschwitz: Germany, Genocide, and Denial, a panel discussion about the first genocide of the 20th century and its impact on Nazism. This public event will take place on Sunday, May 22, 2016, at 2 p.m., at HMTC, Welwyn Preserve, 100 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove, NY.

    From 1904 to 1908, Imperial Germany murdered at least 80,000 Ovaherero and approximately 10,000 Nama during Germany’s colonialization of southwest Africa, in the region known today as Namibia. This will be the first time this topic has been presented in the United States, publicly and with an international panel of experts.

    In many ways, this genocide became a proving ground for the Holocaust. Many of the perpetrators became prominent in Nazi Germany, such as Dr. Eugen Fischer, an anatomist who conducted “experiments” at the Shark Island concentration camp and later ran the teaching institute for Nazi eugenics and SS physicians.

    Panel participants include Vepuka Kauari, co-founder of the Association of the Ovaherero Genocide in the USA; Scara Johannes-Matundu, a member of the Ovaherero Genocide Committee; Dr. Reinhart Kößler, author of Namibia and Germany, Negotiating the Past; and Dr. Freddy Kustaa, professor and descendant of a Herero Resistance leader during the genocide.

    Today, descendants of the genocide continue to fight for official recognition, restitution and the return of all victims’ remains from Germany to Namibia. There is a suggested donation of $10 to attend. Space is limited. RSVP is required. Contact Lara Carignano at (516) 571-8040 or laracarignano@hmtcli.org.

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