The book entails 24 interviews that were conducted over a three-year period with Herero elders, giving readers insight to multiple experiences and survival stories of the Hereros. “We have an amazing collection of Herero voices; people who are members of the surviving families. All the interviewees are grandchildren or relatives of people who managed to escape the genocide,” Prof Krishnamurthy said.
The narratives are awe-inspiring and powerful first-hand stories of survival recorded in their own language – a first to be seen in this part of the world explained Prof Krishnamurthy. “There are many Holocaust studies and interviews of the survivors, but we do not have any interviews of what is believed to be the first genocide in the 20th
century,” she added.
Prof Krishnamurthy’s inspiration for her book stems from a book launch she attended in 2017 of ‘The Scattering’ by Lauri Kubuitsile, where she had used the Herero genocide to weave a love story.
“The author, however, claimed that she had no interest in the genocide and that it was only a background setting for her story. At that point, I decided that it was time the Herero tell their own stories,” she elaborated.
Once approval is received from the donor agency that funded Prof Krishnamurthy’s research and publication of the book, it will be made publicly available.
This is due to a high level of public interest in the publication.