n South African Law Journal - Colonial Genocide and Reparations Claims in the 21st Century. The Socio-legal Context of Claims under International Law by the Herero against Germany for Genocide in Namibia, 1904-1908, Jeremy Sarkin : book review

Volume 126, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0258-2503
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2177



In the first phase of the protracted litigation, the Land Claims Court described the Richtersveld Community as '... living in the margin of history on the edge of the country' ( 2003 (12) BCLR 1301 (CC)). This description also fits the Herero people of Namibia, perhaps the most marginalized of the marginalized. Whereas the Richtersveld Community ultimately succeeded with their land claim, the Herero people have been unrecognized and uncompensated for the genocide committed by the German colonists in Namibia between 1904 and 1908. Jeremy Sarkin's book brings this 'hidden genocide' into the open and makes a strong case for the Herero people's claim for reparations.

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