The European bourgeoisie could not forgive Hitler because he applied in Europe colonialist procedures previously reserved for the supposedly inferior Arabs, Indians, and Africans.
The evidence suggests that atrocities committed against civilians and communities were indeed intended to destroy an identifiable group.
The genocide of the Herero people lives on in today’s Namibia and Perivi Katjavivi’s film illustrates this.
The erasure of indigenous people living in Windhoek before the German colonisers arrived has angered activists.
German’s commitment of €1.1bn for development projects in Namibia over 30 years is too cheap a price to pay for remorse.
The culture of remembrance in Germany is viewed by many as exemplary. But it has some grave shortcomings.
It seems that former president FW De Klerk continues to find it hard to accept that apartheid was a crime against humanity.