Politician named after Adolf Hitler wins election in Namibia

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Adolf Hitler wins elections in Namibia: politician named after Nazi leader wins but promises: “I am not fighting for world domination”

  • Adolf Hitler Uunona was elected with 85% of the vote in a regional ballot
  • He said his father named him Hitler without realizing what that name meant
  • The former German colony in Africa still has a small German-speaking population

A politician named after Adolf Hitler won a seat in an election in Namibia – but says he has no plans for world domination.

Adolf Hitler Uunona was elected with 85% of the vote in the former German colony, where a number of streets, places and people still bear German names.

After winning the seat on the ticket of the ruling SWAPO party – which has ruled Namibia since South Africa’s independence from apartheid in 1990 – the politician told Bild he had “nothing to see ”with Nazi ideology.

“My father named me after this man. He probably didn’t understand what Adolf Hitler stood for, ”said his namesake.

“As a child, I saw it as a perfectly normal name. It was only when I was a teenager that I realized that this man wanted to conquer the whole world.

Adolf Hitler in 1935

Adolf Hitler in 1935

Left: Adolf Hitler Uunona, who won a seat in a regional election in Namibia; right: the real Adolf Hitler at a Nazi Party congress in 1935

The politician said his wife called him Adolf, adding that he usually went through Adolf Uunona but that it would be “too late” to officially change his name.

“Just because I have this name doesn’t mean I want to conquer Oshana,” he said, referring to the region where he won the election. “It doesn’t mean that I’m fighting for world domination.

Uunona won 1,196 votes in recent elections against 213 for his opponent, giving him a seat on the regional council.

His SWAPO party won 57% of the vote nationwide, a steep drop from the 83% it won in the previous regional elections in 2015.

Formerly known as German South West Africa, Namibia was a German colony from 1884 until the empire was stripped of its possessions after World War I.

German soldiers with indigenous populations captured in Namibia in 1905, when the country was part of the short-lived German colonial empire

German soldiers with indigenous populations captured in Namibia in 1905, when the country was part of the short-lived German colonial empire

German soldiers with indigenous populations captured in Namibia in 1905, when the country was part of the short-lived German colonial empire

The real Hitler would later use the humiliation of the postwar Versailles Treaty as a propaganda tool to gain Nazi support in the 1920s and 1930s.

Hitler’s genocide in World War II has long eclipsed German atrocities in Namibia, but the pressure for redress has increased in recent years.

German soldiers slaughtered some 65,000 members of the Herero and 10,000 Nama tribes in a bloody campaign to quell a local revolt between 1904 and 1908.

Last year, a German government minister called the massacre genocide during a visit to the African country.

A small German-speaking community still lives in the country today, and around 120,000 Germans visit Namibia each year.

The German government claims to have a “special responsibility” to Namibia “because of the” shared colonial past “of the two countries.

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