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Vom Wahrzeichen zum Museumsexponat

Zur öffentlichen Debatte über das Reiterdenkmal in Windhoek

From the book Sprache und (Post)Kolonialismus

  • Wolfram Karg


On December 25, 2013 the Reiterdenkmal in Windhoek, an equestrian statue commemorating only the death of Germans in the Nama and Herero uprising, was removed to be replaced by the Independence Memorial Museum and two new statues. The way in which this removal was conducted sparked outrage not only among the Namibian public. The discussion remained on a rather superficial level, its main points being that the information policy of the government was poor and that the Reiterdenkmal represented only the colonizers’ view. It went unnoticed that the new statues followed the same principles, only replacing the content with the view of the SWAPO-dominated government.

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