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German museum to return Namibian skulls

2011-09-30 18:30

Berlin - Namibian tribal leaders are taking possession of the skulls of 20 of their countrymen, taken by German colonial forces more than a century ago for racial experiments.

They were being presented on Friday to a delegation of 73 Namibian tribal leaders and others.

The skulls do not show any sign of violence, and it is not clear how the people died, though researchers say they were possibly victims of German forces in Namibia at the time, or died in a German-run camp.

Once the remains arrived in Berlin, between 1909-1914, scientists tried to prove the "racial superiority" of white Europeans over black Africans by analyzing the facial features of the heads.

In the 1920s, the heads were further dissected until only the skulls remained.

Comments
  • Beam me up - 2011-09-30 21:20

    72 people to collect 20 unknown skulls, I bet they had a great holiday, hope it wasn't on tax payers expense.

      So What If.. - 2011-10-01 06:34

      Hi great, great, great-granny, we have missed you so much! Nice to have you back....

  • Michael McN - 2011-10-01 19:45

    There is no mention of the genocide the Germans perpetrated on the Herero and other peoples of Namibia in the collection of these skulls. The "camps" you mention were in fact concentration camps and their use would later be perfected by one Herr Hitler. Tell the whole truth, it won't hurt us to know.

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