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Title:Polemics and Other Arguments: A German Debate Reviewed
Author:Zollmann, JakobISNI
Periodical:Journal of Namibian Studies
Geographic terms:Namibia
Subjects:colonial history
History and Exploration
Abstract:The German colonial past has been seemingly a non-issue among German historians for decades. In recent years, however, more and more research on this aspect of the German Kaiserreich has been published. For some scholars the subject of (causal) connections between 'Windhoek and Auschwitz' seems to lie at the heart of the question of German colonialism. This article aims at depicting the arguments presented by the exponents of this school of thought. It argues that in the way they focus on the possible links of Germany's colonial past, notably in Namibia, and National Socialism, they neither show the ability to handle adequately the issue of the Holocaust nor do they extend our knowledge of Namibian history as other scholars have been able to. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]