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The Herero Genocide and the Holocaust: What are the Links?

The Virginia Holocaust Museum along with the 5400 Club Present a Conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Baer, "The Herero Genocide and the Holocaust: What are the Links?" The first genocide of the twentieth century was committed by Germans in the country we know today as Namibia, where they killed thousands of Herero and Nama people and subjected the surviving indigenous men, women, and children to forced labor. The perception of Africans as subhuman and the resulting justification for the violence against them is what Dr. Baer refers to as the “genocidal gaze,” an attitude that was later perpetuated by the Nazis. Join us as we explore the connections between the Herero Genocide and the Holocaust. This virtual program is free and open to the public but registration is required.

About Dr. Elizabeth Baer

Elizabeth R. Baer serves as Research Professor of English and African Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. She is currently working at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, doing research for the Senior Historian Division. In 2016-2017, Dr. Baer held the position of Ida E. King Distinguished Visiting Scholar of Holocaust Studies at Stockton University in New Jersey where she taught courses on Holocaust literature, Women and the Holocaust, and on the Herero Genocide. 

She has published five books on the topics of war, gender, and the Holocaust.  Her most recent book is The Genocidal Gaze: From German Southwest Africa to the Third Reich,.  The Genocidal Gaze was published by Wayne State UP in 2017 and by the University of Namibia Press in Africa in 2018. Dr. Baer was invited to speak at the launch of the book in Namibia. The Genocidal Gaze is also available as an e-book, an audio book, and is the subject of a podcast by New Books Review. 


The program is free and open to the public but registration is required. Please register below.

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