Baden-Wurttemberg’s Culture DG says Witbooi Bible return a meaningful experience

Baden-Wurttemberg’s Culture DG says Witbooi Bible return a meaningful experience

The Director General for Culture and Art in Baden-Wurttemberg’s Ministry of Science, Research and Arts says the return of the Hendrik Witbooi Bible and whip to Namibia was an unbelievably meaningful experience.
Dr Claudia Rose says it was also a time to reflect on the impact of Germany’s colonial rule in Namibia, adding that the weight of Germany and Namibia’s shared history became especially apparent through the many conversations with Namibians at the time of the return of Witbooi’s Bible and whip.
The objects returned to Namibia in February this year.
Dr Rose says the past cannot be undone but it is her hope that the return of the Bible and whip is a first step towards addressing that shared past.
She points out that the state of Baden-Wurttemberg, and Germany as a whole, are trying to account for their past.
She was speaking at the Linden Museum in Stuttgart where a group of nine Namibians, who are visiting Germany, met with museum officials who presented the museum’s provenance research on Namibia to date.
The Witbooi Bible and whip was kept at the Linden Museum.
The Namibian group on Saturday concluded its information tour to Germany.