German Museums Return the Remains of Aboriginal Australians

This marks a day of celebration amongst the descendants together with Germans at the ceremony in Berlin on Monday

June 15th, 2019
Aisosa Erhahon, News from Berlin
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Germany has demonstrated a gesture of peace by returning the remains of Aboriginal Australians to their descendants, which was exuberantly celebrated at a ceremony in Berlin on Monday.

As the remains of the rest 41 Aboriginal Australians were given back to the Aboriginal descendants the ceremony room in Berlin was filled with longed joy on Monday. Germany finally decided to return her last 41 Aborigines she beheld in her museums. It was a historical moment for the Yawuru indigenes who were as well present in Berlin on Monday.

During the 19th centuries the remains of the dead of indigenous Australians, who are known as the Aborigines today, were transported to Europe for experimental reasons as well as for exhibitions after the violent occupation by the European settlers. Additionally, they were used for research during the Nazi regime.

The retrieval of the Aboriginal Australians is determined to be an act amongst further acts by Germany. Thus, Germany has decided to return the remains of other countries such as Namibia during the genocide of the Herero and Nama peoples by German colonial troops between 1904 and 1908.

The return of the dead to his descendant is not only an act of peace but it contributes to the healing of the Aboriginal Australians, and it certainly will as well contribute to the Namibians and other countries.


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