Frankfurt am Main: Eichborn, 2003
Paperback edition: Aufbau Taschenbuch Verlag, 2004
The Herero material came to Seyfried's attention while he was travelling in Namibia for the Goethe-Institut. He spent several years researching the lives of indigenous people and Germans in the colonies. Seyfried's "Herero", a tale of German settlers and generals and rebellious Hereros on the African plains, is set against the background of one of the darkest chapters of Germany's colonial past.
Gerhard Seyfried: Herero
Even so, where Seyfried by means of his narrative perspective portrays the views of the Herero chiefs Samuel Maharero and Zacharias Zeraua as well as those of the messenger Petrus, he gives the Africans their own voices: to those who collaborated with the Germans, to those who were trained by the Germans and used their knowledge against their colonisers, and to those who suffered under the exploitation and tried to free themselves from the colonial yoke. His portrayal of the expropriation, the deceit and the class bias exposes the myth of colonial development politics. Hannah Arendt's theory that the destruction of colonised peoples paved the way for the holocaust, are portrayed by means of General von Trotha's remarks and instructions. Because of his exceptionally cruel behaviour, von Trotha was recalled from South West Africa in November 1905.