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Re: The Afro German Experience
In Response To: Re: The Afro German Experience ()

Mr Tolbert III;

Thank you for the information provided about the Black Survivors of the Holocaust. Historically Teutonic peoples have taken their nationalism very seriously. Adolph Hitler was no exception. He was not motivated by historical amnesia.

Mr Constantine-Simms has done fine work relating to the African Diaspora in Germany particularly during the Third Reich. I was introduced to him in London more than 15 years ago while he was compiling a book on the subject. My discussion with him took into account the Garvey Movement during that period and how the organization viewed German relations with Africa and Africans.

It is critically important to remember while considering this subject that the treatment of Blacks in Germany during this period is no different or less brutal than what was done in the United States or by the British in the Caribbean and Africa to Blacks.

German scientists and politicans sought advice from the Eugenics Education Society in the United Kingdom and followed closely the work of Sir Francis Galton. In the United States California was the model
Germany used not only for the sterilization of the so-called
'Rhineland Bastards" but other groups. German scientists were very
thorough in their study of the history of the eugenics movement in the United States and the treatment of African-Americans particularly in the US military.

The German book Human Heredity (1921) written by Lenz, Baur and Fischer examines in detail the unreasonable bias towards African-Americans in the US military. The publication also provides some evidence of Eugene Fishers research amongst the Herero and Ovambo in South West Africa now know as Namibia. As a classic text book in Germany, it is little wonder that the content reflects premature United States opinions towards African-Americans and Africa that became more rooted in the German psyche and leadership.

The euthanasia programme which Germany later implemented was patterned after a similar programme in the United Kingdom. Many influential members of the Church of England and civil society supported euthanasia. Like sterilization the Catholic Church in England and elsewhere was bitterly opposed to both. German euthanasia
was the forerunner of the "final solution".

Impartial scholarship demands that we do not prejudice the contributions that any nation or peoples make to human affairs, fair or foul. Germany like any other nation or continent deserves the same impartiality.

url www.marcusgarveylibrary.org.uk on the home page has content you may be interested in reading titled eugenic sterilizations african americans
(part 3.).

Thank you for the opportunity to comment.

Dr IM Spence-Lewis Sr Consultant Researcher
Community Health and Planning; Plant Science


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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