Innocents In A Barbed Wire Cage: Little Black Children Of The Rhineland In Germany

Submitted by Yardbroom

Historic urban centers of the German Rhineland, from Mainz to Cologne (map of 1909) - Wikipedia

I will ask the obvious question, before it is asked of me.  Yardbroom why do you write of this now almost a hundred years later?  I could be flippant and retort, why not.  However, a serious question deserves a considered answer and in so doing, I simply state October is Black History Month and if  now is not appropriate for black history, when?

A defeated Germany after the first world war was subdued and as is often a retribution of war, had foreign soldiers on it’s soil – the  Rhineland.  This was barely tolerable but that some of those troops were black, seemed to pile humiliation on humiliation.  As is often the case when men and women inhabit the same environment; despite prejudice, laws and a plethora of different obstacles, some even if only a tiny segment, will have sexual contact.  This leads to relationships some casual, others more permanent and eventually marriage.

Later, Hitler in his book Mein Kamph in an effort to explain away the German women who associated with  black French colonial soldiers called the women “bitches and whores.”  At the end of the 1st World War what appeared casual became permanent and the soldiers married German women.  Into this mix were German settlers returning to the fatherland with black women whom they had married abroad as well as a few missionaries from Africa.

During the Third Reich the black population in Germany was no more than 500-800 persons, miniscule in comparison to a German population in excess of 60 million but numbers, position or class matter little when race dictates regulation.

A Programme – note the word programme – was organised under Dr. Eugen Fisher of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of Anthropology Human Heredity and Eugenics – as a black person, when you hear grand sounding names be watchful and guarded and be slow to be impressed – he used the 1933 Law for the Prevention of Hereditary Diseased Offspring.

  For through this Law, the knife was taken to those young flowers of innocence, children of a union between black men and German women.  “Some 400 children of mixed parentage were arrested and sterilized”.

In the dark corners of men’s minds lurk a flickering ember of remorse and it was said the Nazis went to great lengths to keep their sterilization and abortion programme secret, but history has a way of being recorded.  The Nuremberg laws of September 1935 had prohibited miscegenation but those children in most cases were of legitimate marriages and informal unions before 1935….it mattered not.

The fate of other people in Germany from 1933-1945 has been well recorded, but here I focus on the innocent children who without any knowledge of their fate, were arrested and taken to the knife to be sterilised for no other reason than that they had black blood in their veins.  When the seeds of hate and naked prejudice are sown and germinate in darkness they often flourish later in full bloom in the light, as the second world war – 1939 – 1945 has shown us.

This is Black History month – October –  so if only for a second we dwell on those frightened souls, young children taken to a place for their ability to procreate to be unceremoniously extinguished.  We must feel their pain, for in so doing we understand what it is to be black and remember the mantra of those who laboured before us….stay alive.

“In 1978, research was to be done involving the 800 children, but not one was found.  It was speculated that most if not all died in the camps under the Nazis euthanasia program.  Under the Nuremberg Laws, the euthanasia program was designed to exterminate those who were considered genetically inferior.”

Acknowledgment to the Washington Post
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  1. WordSong October 17, 2011 at 9:01 PM #

    A very bright black woman who lives in Canada researched the black German holocaust and came up with a story idea so brilliant and so well written that the book was short listed for the Man Booker Prize. You don’t have to live in Germany to be interested in what happened to the black children who were born there. Here’s the link: http://www.themanbookerprize.com/perspective/articles/1526

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  2. Colonel Buggy October 17, 2011 at 9:57 PM #

    http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005479

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  3. BAFBFP October 17, 2011 at 10:22 PM #

    “The Congo became one of the most infamous international scandals of the early 20th century”

    Wikipedia …

    Scandal? This word “scandal” is one of the most unfortunate/useless words in the English directory … Scandal suggests that some one had an image to protect .. a reputation to preserve … My God

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  4. boyblue October 18, 2011 at 9:47 PM #

    Meanwhile over in China, a nation everyone wants to trade with.
    http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-2050438/Yue-Yue-critically-ill-run-twice-ignored-18-people.html

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  5. temperture October 19, 2011 at 7:27 PM #

    King Leopold II of Belgium’s mandate to his missionaries

    Letter from King Leopold II of Belgium to Colonial Missionaries, 1883.
    The letter which follows is Courtesy of Dr. Vera Nobles and Dr. Chiedozie Okoro.

    “Reverends, Fathers and Dear Compatriots:
    The task that is given to fulfill is very delicate and requires much tact. You will go certainly to evangelize, but your evangelization must inspire above all Belgium interests. Your principal objective in our mission in the Congo is never to teach the niggers to know God, this they know already. They speak and submit to a Mungu, one Nzambi, one Nzakomba, and what else I don’t know. They know that to kill, to sleep with someone else’s wife, to lie and to insult is bad. Have courage to admit it; you are not going to teach them what they know already. Your essential role is to facilitate the task of administrators and industrials, which means you will go to interpret the gospel in the way it will be the best to protect your interests in that part of the world. For these things, you have to keep watch on disinteresting our savages from the richness that is plenty [in their underground. To avoid that, they get interested in it, and make you murderous] competition and dream one day to overthrow you.
    Your knowledge of the gospel will allow you to find texts ordering, and encouraging your followers to love poverty, like “Happier are the poor because they will inherit the heaven” and, “It’s very difficult for the rich to enter the kingdom of God.” You have to detach from them and make them disrespect everything which gives courage to affront us. I make reference to their Mystic System and their war fetish-warfare protection-which they pretend not to want to abandon, and you must do everything in your power to make it disappear.
    Your action will be directed essentially to the younger ones, for they won’t revolt when the recommendation of the priest is contradictory to their parent’s teachings. The children have to learn to obey what the missionary recommends, who is the father of their soul. You must singularly insist on their total submission and obedience, avoid developing the spirit in the schools, teach students to read and not to reason. There, dear patriots, are some of the principles that you must apply. You will find many other books, which will be given to you at the end of this conference. Evangelize the niggers so that they stay forever in submission to the white colonialists, so they never revolt against the restraints they are undergoing. Recite every day-“Happy are those who are weeping because the kingdom of God is for them.”
    Convert always the blacks by using the whip. Keep their women in nine months of submission to work freely for us. Force them to pay you in sign of recognition-goats, chicken or eggs-every time you visit their villages. And make sure that niggers never become rich. Sing every day that it’s impossible for the rich to enter heaven. Make them pay tax each week at Sunday mass. Use the money supposed for the poor, to build flourishing business centres. Institute a confessional system, which allows you to be good detectives denouncing any black that has a different consciousness contrary to that of the decision-maker. Teach the niggers to forget their heroes and to adore only ours. Never present a chair to a black that comes to visit you. Don’t give him more than one cigarette. Never invite him for dinner even if he gives you a chicken every time you arrive at his house…..”

    The above speech which shows the real intention of the Christian missionary journey in Africa was exposed to the world by Mr. Moukouani Muikwani Bukoko, born in the Congo in 1915, and who in 1935 while working in the Congo, bought a second hand Bible from a Belgian priest who forgot the speech in the Bible.” — Dr. Chiedozie Okoro.

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  6. temperture October 19, 2011 at 8:41 PM #

    key point in the document :

    1] Your action will be directed essentially to the younger ones, for they won’t revolt when the recommendation of the priest is contradictory to their parent’s teachings.
    2] The children have to learn to obey what the missionary recommends, who is the father of their soul.
    3] Teach students to read and not to reason.
    4] Teach the niggers to forget their heroes and to adore only ours.
    5] You have to detach from them and make them disrespect everything which gives courage to affront us.

    6] Institute a confessional system, which allows you to be good detectives denouncing any black that has a different consciousness contrary to that of the decision-maker.

    7]Your knowledge of the gospel will allow you to find texts ordering, and encouraging your followers to love poverty.

    8]Evangelize the niggers so that they stay forever in submission to the white colonialists, so they never revolt against the restraints they are undergoing.

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