n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - The "African Holocaust" : what's in a name?
|Article Title||The "African Holocaust" : what's in a name?|
|© Publisher:||Southern African Missiological Society (SAMS)|
|Journal||Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies|
|Publication Date||Aug 2009|
|Pages||192 - 209|
|Keyword(s)||'Ola, Churban, Holocaust, Martyr, Porajmos, Sacrifice and Shoah|
This article begins by examining the term holocaust, 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 holocaust, including its racist heritage, alternative designations - churban, shoah and porajmos are explored. Leading on from this is a discussion of the designation African holocaust for the HIV / Aids pandemic. The use of this label is explained but, ultimately, forcefully rejected.
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