German Southwest Africa

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German Southwest Africa

A former German colony of southwest Africa. It was annexed by Germany in 1884 and awarded to South Africa as the mandate of South-West Africa (now Namibia) by the League of Nations in 1919.


(nəˈmɪb i ə)

a republic in SW Africa: a former German protectorate; a mandate of South Africa (1919–66); gained independence 1990. 1,648,270; 318,261 sq. mi. (824,296 sq. km). Cap.: Windhoek. Formerly, German Southwest Africa, (1884–1919), South-West Africa (1920–68).
Na•mib′i•an, adj., n.
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Her topics are a world of slaves, the formula and the being of slavery, a world of colonies and the evolving colonial consciousness, the empirical colony in German Southwest Africa and a formula of colonization, from a formula for colonization to a formula of extermination and victims' shared sense, an Aryan world and the worldnessness of Jews, and being exterminated and the formulas of extermination.
Although some actions, such as the seizing or destruction of German high-frequency radio installations, were designed for this purpose, others, such as the conquest of German Southwest Africa, were not.
This approach looms large in Stucki's text, Claudia Siebrecht's essay on German Southwest Africa, and Sara Berger's on Nazi extermination camps of the Aktion Reinhardt.
According to this thesis, which draws predominantly on Hannah Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism, the Holocaust was prefigured in the genocide of the Herero and Namaqua peoples in German Southwest Africa that occurred between 1904 and 1907.
It first emerged out of German colonization during the 1880s as German Southwest Africa and was then taken over by South Africa in 1915.
Hahn (1818-95), who, at the direction of the Rhenish Mission, had started missions in German Southwest Africa among the Herero.

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