Item - 100 YEARS OF SILENCE

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100 YEARS OF SILENCE

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40 mins
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Director: Halfdan Muurholm: Germany/Namibia, 2006?
Language: English and German with English subtitles
One hundred years ago, the Herero people of Namibia were nearly exterminated by German colonial soldiers in what is now called the first genocide of the 20th century. Herero men and women were rounded up like cattle and placed in concentration camps. Four years later three quarters of the entire Herero nation had perished. The Nazis used the experiences from these Namibian camps, as well as from their experiments in “racial science” to formulate their theory of the final solution in World War Two. Hereros are now claiming billions of Euros as compensation from the German government. In the film, a 23 year old woman describes her family’s experience. She has a fair complexion because her great-grandmother was raped by a German soldier.

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