Genocide and the Second Reich

We just completed the last of our Teacher Education Institute classes. As the modern genocide instructor on staff, I wind up covering as much of the 20th and 21st century as I can, though seldom do I have enough time to truly provide our students with a firm grounding on the broader concepts of genocide.

Since we mapped our curriculum to follow a chronological pattern, I wind up teaching the Herero/Nama genocide and Armenia on the first night. I rather enjoy this format; not only does it make sense intellectually but it provides the majority of our teacher/students with something of a shock as they’ve never been exposed to Germany’s annihilationist policies in modern-day Namibia.

Unfortunately, there are few resources available to the public on this particular genocide, which is why I always make a point of recommending a BBC documentary called Genocide and the Second Reich. You can find the film in its entirety through Google Videos.

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