Due to the solidarity between the GDR and the freedom struggle of SWAPO (South West Africa People’s Organisation) in South West Africa, survivors of the Cassinga massacre including 80 children received medical treatment in Berlin. Stefanie-Lahya Aukongo was an exception since it was her mother, then sixteen and heavily pregnant, who survived the massacre badly wounded.
Lucia Engombe is seven years old and lives in a Zambian refugee camp called Nyango, a place that she would later remember as the African jungle. One day a white man there asks her, “Do you want to fly to Germany with me?” In December 1979 Lucia together with other children is brought to a countryside mansion, now transformed to a children’s home in Bellin, East Germany.
In twelve essays, sociologists Gronemeyer and Rompel report on and about people in Africa and sketch the image of a continent threatened by modernity. Their main concern is to represent the everyday life of normal people without falling into the trap of European clichés about Africa.
The Kalahari, the “land of dry rivers”, in the fifties. Old Ecksteen established the farm, Duineveld, since he suspects the presence of artesian springs and diamonds. When he becomes the victim of a Gwi Bushman clan’s arrows, his wife moves to town.
The novel takes place in the “South West African” district of the Highveld North East of Windhoek during the time of the Second World War. The “South West African” population of German origin is geographically far removed from the events of the war and yet history catches up with them.
Inspector Clemencia Garises, who already featured in Jaumann’s first Namibia-novel Die Stunde des Schakals
(“The Hour of the Jackal”) is called to the farm Steinland 150km outside of Windhoek one night, where Elsa Rodenstein is watching over her dead husband.
All of Windhoek is groaning under the heat of January and longs for the first grey mountains of clouds to shift over the land from the northeast. Then, one Sunday evening in Ludwigsdorf, the diplomatic quarter of Windhoek, a man is shot through the fence as he waters his citrus trees.
Ann Gopal, an attractive young woman, is exasperated by the excessive sexual desires of the husband, the psychiatrist Kalinaw. That is why she leaves him and takes refuge at Orlando Andrey's, a friend of her husband leading a withdrawn life in the mountains of Sierra Nevada.
Henry Magdaleni, a 17 year old adolescent residing in Blubars in the Democratic Republic of Germany, finds enormous difficulties to be fulfilled in his socio-cultural environment. Excluded and marginalized, he leads the life of a social outcast. After a few years in Western Germany and a failed return to Blubars, he decides to go to Namibia, where his grandfather had formerly served under the banner of the German colonial army.
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" is set against the background of one of the darkest chapters of Germany's colonial past.
Theresa Fabian, 21 years, is employed as secretary at the port of Hamburg. Fatherless and motherless - her parents died in a bombing attack during the second world war- she was brought up by her aunt. One day Theresa reveals to her aunt a secret that she has been keeping for a long time: her desire to go to Africa to meet the man of her life.
Rebellion in German South West Africa, the present day Namibia: the Hottentots, lead by Jakob Morenga, the "black Napoleon", are rebelling against their oppressors. Morenga, a former mineworker, and his tribe are fighting a guerrilla war which lasts from 1904 until 1907.
A German story of an unexpected reunion: an old-fashioned camera is returned to its original owner in a roundabout and mysterious way at the beginning of the nineteen nineties. It belongs to the eighty year-old father of the narrator.
What photograhs will be on the sixty year old film? In this novel Stephan Wackwitz, grandson of the emigrant, tells the story of three generations.