At the new seafront restaurant overlooking the bay in the tiny resort of Luderitz on the coast of Namibia, tourists are invited to sit out on the balcony, where they can dine on the finest South Atlantic seafood accompanied by vintage South African wines as they take in the views over neighbouring Shark Island.
But little do they know the horrific truth about that view, which the tourist guidebooks describe as ‘stunning’. Shark Island, with its picturesque setting, was the site of the world’s first death camp – the German invention that culminated in the Holocaust of World War II, the greatest mass crime of the 20th century.
Three-&-a-half thousand innocent Africans were liquidated here at the hands of the Germans, decades before the rise of Adolf Hitler & the Nazi Party, with the tacit sanction of the German emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm II, & his ministers. [Read more]