2023 November 1 – Deutsche Welle: German president apologizes for colonial crimes in Tanzania

Screenshot Deutsche Welle report Apology German President Steinmeier crimes colonial rule Tanzania

German president apologizes for colonial crimes in Tanzania



German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Wednesday sought forgiveness for crimes committed during the country’s colonial rule in Tanzania.

“I would like to ask for forgiveness for what Germans did to your ancestors here,” Steinmeier said during a visit to the Maji Maji Museum in the southern Tanzanian city of Songea. Tanzania was part of German East Africa.

“I want to assure you that we Germans will search with you for answers to the unanswered questions that give you no peace,” he added.


Experts estimate between 200,000 and 300,000 members of the Indigenous Tanzanian population were murdered during the so-called Maji Maji Rebellion uprisings between 1905 and 1907. (…)”



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