Clara Himmelheber, The Exhibition "Namibia − Germany: A Shared/Divided History. Resistance, Violence, Memory" (Cologne, Berlin 2004/2005)
The year 2004 was the centenary of the outbreak of a colonial war in former German South West Africa in which thousands of Africans were killed by the colonial power. Although of crucial importance for Namibia, the war has not entered public memory in Germany. The exhibition aimed at presenting colonial history as well as the contemporary relationships between the two countries, showing a »shared« and a »divided« history. The exhibition created a public debate which supported the initiative of the German Minister of Economic Co-operation and Development to deliver an apology at the commemoration in August 2004 in Namibia. Some images, sounds or other media used in the following presentation are subject to copyright restrictions that prevent them being shown. In order to provide a complete record of the conference, these items have been blurred or silenced. Should we obtain permission to use these images, sounds and other media in the future the films will be updated.