Afro-Europeans: Sterilization for Black Youth

Last Updated: Friday, September 15, 2017

5 Million Non-Jewish Holocaust Victims

The Holocaust is usually taught as the mass genocide of almost six million Jews in Europe during World War II. But, more than five million others were also persecuted, tortured, tattooed and killed. These five million included innocent citizens - men women and children. The survivors and the families of these five million often feel left out -- overshadowed by the Jewish casualties. Nonetheless, these people need to be recognized and memorialized. Many of these died for their race or their beliefs. Many of these died while helping their Jewish neighbors. They too deserve their place in history.

Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933 when Germany was experiencing severe economic hardship. Hitler promised the Germans that he would bring them prosperity and power. Hitler had a vision of a Master Race of Aryans that would control Europe. He used powerful propaganda techniques to convince not only the German people, but countless others, that if they eliminated the people who stood in their way and the degenerates and racially inferior, they - "the great Germans" would prosper.

Mandatory Sterilization for Black Youth

Prior to World War I, there were very few dark-skinned people of African descent in Germany. But, during World War I, black African soldiers were brought in by the French during the Allied occupation. Most of the Germans, who were very race conscious, despised the dark-skinned "invasion". Some of these black soldiers married white German women that bore children referred to as "Rhineland Bastards" or the "Black Disgrace". In Mein Kampf, Hitler wrote that he would eliminate all the children born of African-German descent because he considered them an "insult" to the German nation. "The mulatto children came about through rape or the white mother was a whore," Hitler wrote. "In both cases, there is not the slightest moral duty regarding these offspring of a foreign race."

The Nazis set up a secret group, Commission Number 3, to organize the sterilization of these offspring to keep intact the purity of the Aryan race. In 1937, all local authorities in Germany were to submit a list of all the children of African descent. Then, these children were taken from their homes or schools without parental permission and put before the commission. Once a child was decided to be of black descent, the child was taken immediately to a hospital and sterilized. About 400 children were medically sterilized -- many times without their parents' knowledge.

Destined to Witness: Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany
By Hans J. Massaquoi
Hans Massaquoi, of mixed African-German parentage, came of age in Nazi Germany. He depicts the trauma of his childhood, and his improbable survival of it, in a startling memoir. As a small boy, Massaquoi was fascinated and moved by Hitler and seduced by Nazi busywork and organized pageantry. Thus he felt exceptionally betrayed upon realizing that there was no place for a non-Aryan such as himself in the Reich.

The African-German Experience
By Carol Aisha Blackshire-Belay
CAROL AISHA BLACKSHIRE-BELAY is professor and chair of the Department of Africana Studies at Indiana State University. 0275950794 A collection of essays that take an in-depth look at the roots of the African-German presence in today's Germany, with vivid descriptions of personal accounts and rich information about Germany's colonial history and about being black in Germany through the pre- and post-World War II era. The collection includes personal accounts of transitional changes in African-German daily life. German racism is an everyday occurrence in the lives of African Germans. Book reveals how they cope with this harsh reality.