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.

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