n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - The "African Holocaust" : what's in a name?

Volume 37, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



This article begins by examining the term , which often refers specifically to the attempted genocide of Jews and other minorities, notably the Sinti-Roma, by Nazi Germany, between 1933 and 1945. The associations of this word with sacrifice and martyrdom have however met with resistance. Following a careful examination of , including its racist heritage, alternative designations - and are explored. Leading on from this is a discussion of the designation for the HIV / Aids pandemic. The use of this label is explained but, ultimately, forcefully rejected.

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