Episode 29 – Herero Heroes

In this episode Matt and I look at controversies over historical statues around the world, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. I describe my visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial, how I stumbled upon a Place de la Force Publique in Kinshasa, and then go in depth (over a couple beers!) discussing how the Herero Genocide was remembered in public spaces. Monuments to the Herero dead, the Schutztruppe rider, Eugen Fischer‘s skull experiments, and Namibia’s Heroes Acre are all discussed, as is the vicious counterinsurgency war that led to the genocide. A great BBC documentary and an article by Reinhart K√∂ssler are key sources on the subject. The extermination order and an image of Herero survivors after crossing the Kalahari can be found here and here. Recommendations are:

Matt – Dickinson, The Traitor Baru Cormorant; Frederickson, Racism: A Short History; Andrews, Afro-Latin America; Manning, The African Diaspora

Dave – Gewald, Herero Heroes (HT for the episode title!)

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