In place in the second world warMore than 50 ears after decolonization it is about time for former colonial powers to recognize the mass human suffering caused and to stop pretending being innocent and benevolent Although I initially struggled to get into this book for my personal lack of knowledge on Namibian historical facts I found it profoundly engaging and an absolute masterpiece It describes Herero and Jewish traditions in a beautiful religious parallel where the ancestors are central to the essence of these two peoples during Germany s occupation of South West Africa What the Germans did in this land is truly horrific the repeated history of brutal colonisers regardless of their nationality claiming the land for a superior race I did not know about the Herero Genocide and I must thank the author for her outstanding research enabling me and other readers hopefully to unearth this from a not so distant path I particularly commend the author for the different use of linguistic styles to show the evolution of the central Herero character Jahorora from baby girl in her village amidst the Herero tribes to woman at the service of a Christian family Kov s parallel life in Germany his religious background and his experience in the German army as a doctor are seen through the eyes at first of a Wie man eyn teutsches Mannsbild bey Kräfften hält young idealist and then through the eyes of a grown man a brilliantly described evolution I could nt hold back the tears at the end This book made me so angryFirstly Jahohora saved herself in the desert all thoseears that chance meeting with Kov was very insignificant So insignificant that it shouldn t even have been included in the bookSecondly the author worked very hard at making the reader feel sorry for Kov a Jewish German doctor serving on the German side We are made to feel sorry for him from the time he leaves Germany to go serve in Namibia with everything that he witnesses in the war or like in the wiping out of the Herero he is made to seem powerless Tomorrow Will Be a Good Day: My Autobiography yet sympathetic towards the Hereroet he continues to move with the German soldiers healing them stands aside and watches as they dehumanize the HereroIn the end this Jewish German man wins he walks away a winner He has a son and wife waiting for him at home his life is just as it was at home when he left He can even have his old life back as soon as he is tired of the one he has in Namibia He might even move to another African country and start over with his family and go play the white messiah there Life for him carries on unlike for the Herero girl Jahohora and many like her who have lost so much and now have to live as slaves to the Germans and missionaries Not once are we made to feel sorry for this poor girl who lost everything instead we are made to feel sorry for poor Kov The events in Namibia German South West Africa in the early 1900s are told in all of its horror I am ashamed I knew nought about this genocide of the Herero peopleThe narration is shared jointly between Jahohora a teenage girl who survives 2 ears in the desert avoiding the Germans and Kov a Jewish doctor in the German invading army who has joined to prove his loyalty to his country I liked the way the two characters only come across each other twice and then only
for fleeting momentsitfleeting momentsIt a brutal book but it s a tale that needed to be told fictional story based on facts I gained a lot of knowledge The first part of this book was a little slow It didn t pick up until the middle To read about what the Germans did to the Herero had me in shock I enjoyed the topic just not the way the story was presented This is a story of genocide and colonialism I will have thoughts on this book shortlyBut two thoughts came to mind immediately after reading this was a fascinating compelling read on the genocide of the Herero people and the book blurb does not so this book justice as I would have easily overlooked this book it it was not a book club pick Mama Namibia is based on the events which took place during Germany s control of the country we now call Namibia at the start of the 20th Century We view the genocide through the eyes of two people Jahohora a oung Herero girl fighting for survival and Kov a Jewish doctor serving in the German army Following Jahohora as her people fight to preserve their freedom culture and land there is the deep feeling of the loss and destitution her people face It is ever present that here is an enemy whose sole purpose is to exterminate Five fags a day you men women children the old and theoung The atrocities that Kov sees committed by the German army on a daily basis is another part of this tale Seeing unspeakable acts of savagery leads him to not only uestion the humanity of the Germans but his own as he seems powerless to do anything about themMari Serebrov has captured the events and the atmosphere of that time very well in this work of fiction Indeed much of what we find in this book is based on historical fact Concentration death camps internment forced relocation slave labour mass rape trading in body parts of the murdered people as well as the medical experiments carried out on men women and children were all the hallmarks of the German regime in South West Africa This effectively set the model for what was later practiced in Europe under Nazi Germany And out of this episode we see the ideas on race in Europe under Nazi Germany And out of this episode we see the ideas on race and racial superiority in play to justify the acts of barbarism and which were to so influence the second and third ReichI found this a compelling story despite the horrific events it portrayed I had heard of the Herero war fought against the German colonists but was never fully aware of the details Reading this book did encourage me to further research that episode in history Recommended reading. Y in the desert Jahohora is about to give up her desperate struggle for life when she finds hope in a simple act of kindness from a Jewish doctor serving in the German army. ,
Ica This man a Count will have great influence over Kov who says of this first encounter He handed Papa some photographs of Reichskommissar G ring surrounded by African Herero for Papa to use as a guide There are two sides to every story and the author does a good job of presenting both sides of this colonial conflict Kov becomes a freuent guest at the Count s castle where one day they are visited by Goring who recounts what he has experienced of the growing conflict in SW Africa So early that October we all headed to Okahandja to negotiate a treaty with the chief but when we got there he refused to see us He was too busy preparing for a meeting with the Witboois The Whiteboys Christof asks struggling with the pronunciation G ring sips from the stein that is always close by Hendrik Witbooi was the chief of the Nama and the arch enemy of the Herero chief The two were always fighting over land and cattle As a Kittel I m always happy to read any reference to our name which is a ceremonial robe we encounter here as Kov prepares to visit his mother s grave I stand in front of an old mirror adjusting the white kittel over my dark suit I also particularly enjoyed the many times he walks us through Jewish rituals and recites traditional prayers such as this As I reach the graveyard I pick up a pebble and pocket it Then I do the ritual cleansing washing my hands at the pump provided for that purpose Entering the gate I recite the customary blessing Blessed are You the Lord our God King of the universe Who fashioned Wicked Affairs p 2 you in justice nourished and sustainedou in justice Who knows Jane of Gowlands your total count in justice and Who in the future will revive and keepou alive in justice Blessed are You the Lord Who resurrects the dead And as a mother to a son named Isaiah I always enjoy reading passages from the Biblical book of the same name I find new comfort in the ancient words I ponder their meaning before continuing with the proper passages from Isaiah and the Psalms Your dead will live again my corpses will arise Awake and sing dwellers of dust For the dew of light is Your dew and the earth will give forth the dead And He is merciful atones for sin and does not destroy freuently turns away His anger and does not arouse all His wrath Being careful not to step on any graves I walk over to the granite tablet shaped stone marking Mama s resting place The tombstone is covered with the pebbles Papa has left on his many visits I begin the prayers for Mama but the words seem to apply to me as much as to her And the Lord will always guide The Piper in the Wind you and satisfyour soul in scorched places and resurrect The Proposal your bones Andou will be like a watered garden and like a spring of waters that never fail From Prey you will rebuild the ancient ruins the generations old foundationsou will re establish They will call ou the repairer of the breach the restorer of the ways of civilization Rest in peace until the coming of the Consoler Who will proclaim peace and I finish the memorial prayer May her repose be in paradise May the Lord of Mercy shelter her under the cover of His wings forever and bind in the bond of life her soul The Lord is her heritage May she rest in peace on her resting place I take the pebble out of my pocket and put it alongside all those left by Papa At the gate of the cemetery I ritually cleanse myself of death Back in Namibia we learn of Johohora s own ancient rituals and practices of daily Life Such As This Termite such as this termite techniue when they find a termite hill Mama takes the hollow branch I found and fills it with the dry grass She puts it in front of the main opening Then she strikes the flint stones against each other causing a spark that lights the grass As it begins to burn Karemarama and I uickly get grass to build the fire We hold the big calabash close to the fire so we can catch the winged termites that try to escape the heat They swarm out all at once right into our calabash Mama covers The Calabash With A Skin calabash with a skin none of the termites can escape By time we get back to the camp the aunties have made a fire and are ready to roast the insects Mama carefully releases the termites into a hot pan As the termites roast an auntie gently tosses them into the air so their thin wings fall off and float away The now wingless termites drop back into the pan While termites taste good their wings don t One time I ate a termite that still had its wings They stuck to the top of my mouth I had to pull hard to get them out Kov completes his training and is ready to serve his homeland already learning that he will not be treated like those few doctors with family connections or ears of distinguished service I ve read this book while travelling in Namibia I really loved the different parallels between the story of Johohora and Kov s story and also between the Herero s genocide and the Holocaust But most of all I really enjoyed learning about the Hereros way of life At this time when the memory of the Rwandan genocide is celebrated and when Burkina Faso where I live is being confronted for the first time in its history by ethnic violence and mass atrocities reading Mama Namibia feels awkwardly closeThe genocide of the Herero and the Nama perpetrated by the Germans was not unknown to me but this novel brought many insights It is probably one of the topics fiction is better in dealing with than non fiction I liked the way Serebrov depicted the cultural traditions and values of the proud Herero people their relation to the land the ancestors and their pacific tendencies I also did like the parallel drawn between the persecutions of Jews and the extermination of Herero This first genocide of the 20th century truly was only a repetition of the system of destruction that would be put. Rica Since the Herero would rather fight than surrender their ancestral homes Gen von Trotha has declared that they all should be forced into the Omaheke to die Wasting awa.
Free read Mama NamibiaThis important story has not been told often enough the history of the Herero genocide is still but invisible in the usual narratives of history and Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth yet it is one of the most telling stories in colonial history understanding this book reveals that white supremacy and racism is not about white people fearing black people but instead about white people being utterly convinced of their own superiority white people truly believe they are superior and have therefore a RIGHT to torture and maim others whenever they want this story needs to become much part of world history than it currently is and Serebrov had done a good job of narrating the full horror I won t be surprised if this take gives me nightmares it is overwhelming This is a book I am passionate about given that my son is currently living in Namibia where he is serving in the Peace Corps but also because this is a chapter of history that has largely been ignored and of which many are ignorant If that is true forou as it was for me I encourage Once is Never Enough you to read this well written engaging and informative book about a shameful chapter from the past Between theears of 1904 8 German imperial soldiers massacred thousands of Herero and Nama in what is referred to as the first genocide of the 20th century Certainly Successful Employee Communications you d be hard pressed to find people who have never heard of the genocide the Germans inflicted on the Jews during WW2 so why is it that the world knows little to nothing about the Germans annihilating 80% of the Herero people and 50% of the population of the Nama people only a few decades earlier I can only surmise that it s because these were African people aka savages Shame on us all When everyone is uick to agree that those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it perhaps it would have changed the world had we only thought to pay attention Namibia was so named in 1968 but only achieved independence from South Africa in 1990 But what was then called German South West Africa was a German colony from 1884 to 1915 In what is a common story for most colonized countries including America people like the Native Americans or the Herero get along for awhile or not and eventually there is a spark that ignites an inferno In this case the spark was when the Herero became incensed by crimes committed by German settlers igniting a revolt in 1904 that resulted in them killing than a hundred Germans over several days The Nama people joined them in their revolt the followingear fanning the flames Enter the inferno German troops targeting and killing around 100000 people from the Herero and Nama communities in 1904 5 As the fire spread the German imperial rulers responded ruthlessly Generals issued extermination orders and rounded up tens of thousands of Herero and Nama people and placed them in prison camps Around 100000 people are estimated to have died in the camps and many of their skulls were sent to Germany for scientific research The German government has
since used the term genocide to describe the killings and many of the skulls were returned to Namibia in 2011used the term genocide to describe the killings and many of the skulls were returned to Namibia in 2011 Namibia is the tale of two alternating stories both told in first person to great effect by Serebrov One protagonist is a 12 Vikings in Wales An Archaeological uest year old Herero girl Jahohora who will be forced to flee into the desert with her family and the other is aoung German Jew Kov who wants to be accepted by his homeland so he becomes a doctor joins the army and is shipped off to German South West Africa to serve his country in their war against the Herero peopleLike other African tribes the Herero have historically practiced the alteration of their teeth typically by knocking out the bottom four and filing their top teeth into points said to resemble a swallow And so our story begins with our protagonist confirming this alteration of her father whom she calls by the universal term for that very word Tate smiles I see his pointed front teeth His tate and mama filed his top teeth and knocked out his bottom teeth when he was a little boy I don t want Tate and Mama to do that to my teeth It would hurt We learn the most ancient of Herero stories here the creation story that most cultures some version of I sit on the ground as Mama begins the story On first day Njambi Karunga called the first ancestors from the trunk of the omumborombonga tree One by one they stepped from the sacred tree Mukuru and Kamangarunga the first Herero tate and mama stepped from the tree Then the first Berg Damara tate and mama The first Nama tate and mama The first tate and mama of the Ovambo The first tate and mama of every tribe on earth Considering that my other house is a urt I particularly appreciated this explanation for the traditional round house the rondavel At last the baby house is done It s round like our house A round house keeps snakes away because it makes no shadows where snakes can hide Tjikuu says Herero who build suare houses like white people are foolish Round houses bring good luck They re like nature We are treated to wise and poetic uotations such as this about truth It is up to us to choose what is right No one can make us eat a lie Or this about sunrise and sunset Yesterday touches tomorrow in early morning and when the sun goes to sleep Or this about death Lots of people come to tell Tjikuu stories this about death Lots of people come to tell Tjikuu stories Tjikuume They tell about good things and bad things Tjikuume did I ask Mama why It gives balance to his life she says And it helps clean our sadness Switching to Kov we find him being raised as a Jew the only child of a famous N remburg spielwarenmachers as they call artisans like his father who is asked by an important man who enters their shop one day to craft the little tin figures of the German officials who were the first to govern South West Afr. Surviving on her own in the desert 12 ear old Jahohora searches for her family while hiding from the German soldiers It's 1904 and Germany has claimed all of South West Af.