Otjikango or Gross Barmen

Otjikango or Gross Barmen: The history of the first Rhenish Herero Mission Station in Otjikango/Gross Barmen in South West Africa 1844-1904.
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Title: Otjikango or Gross Barmen
Subtitle: The history of the first Rhenish Herero Mission Station in Otjikango/Gross Barmen in South West Africa 1844-1904
Author: Nikolai Mossolow
Self published
2nd revised edition, Windhoek, Namibia 1993
ISBN 062002707 / ISBN 0-620-02707
Softcover, 18 x 24 cm, 82 pages, 19 bw-photos, 1 map sketch


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About: Otjikango or Gross Barmen

In this well-known and today sought after writing, which the author dedicated to the then very popular representative of the mission, Dr. Heinrich Vedder, and to the memory of the Southwestern patron of art and literature, Dr. Erich Lübbert, he describes the history surrounding the creation and the time (1844-1904) of the Herero mission station at the Otjikango (also named Gross-Barmen) watering hole and hot spring. In addition to the founders of the Otjikango station, Carl Hugo Hahn and Franz Heinrich Kleinschmidt, numerous other historical persons from the circle of locals and German representatives are introduced and their role in connection with the local history is explained. In addition to Jonker Afrikaner, Maharero and Hendrik Witbooi, Curt von François and Peter Heinrich Brincker, several other less known contemporaries are included. Numerous b/w photos from the 1960s depict the then better preserved remains of the station, others show the buildings at the time of their construction.

Content: Otjikango or Gross Barmen

Preface to the English edition
1. The establishment of Neu-Barmen and Hahn's activities at the station until the destruction of Okahandja by Jonker (1850)
The early years
Rath and Scheppmann arrive. Kleinschmidt leaves Otjikango and founds Rehoboth. Scheppmann founds Scheppmannsdorf
Jonker breaks the peace
Relations between the missionaries and the Herero improve after the breach of peace by Jonker
New missionaries arrive
Conflict between Jonker and the Red Nation. Hahn's journey to Cape Town
Kolbe's successes. Visit to Okahandja
Decision to found the station an Otjimbingwe
Reflections on why the Herero attend services. Rath leaves Otjikango and founds Otjimbingwe. Making bricks. Witchcraft of the ozonganga
Hahn's policy of non-interference. Review of the past five years' activities at Otjikango. Raising the Herero's standard of living
Otjikango as a market place
2. Hahn's last three years at Otjikango (1850-1852)
The news of Jonker's attack on Okahandja reaches Otjikango
Galten, Andersson and the Rev. Schöneberg land at Walvis Bay
The Red Nation allies itself with Jonker
Station report 1850/51. Kahitjene's death. Galton. Drought and famine.
Rainy season 1852 an renewed raids by Jonker
Schöneberg as the sole missionary at the station. June 1852 to February 1853
Hahn's temporary return
3. Schöneberg alone at Otjikango, 1852-1853
Schöneberg attempts to assert himself. Journey to the Cape
Return from the Cape and final departure
4. Hahn's second period at Otjikango, 1856-1859
Hahn's return from Germany. The mission's main seat is moved to Otjimbingwe. Hahn suggests that Otjikango be abandoned as a Herero station and continued as a Nama station
Urieta is baptized
Eventually, the Deputation also has its doubts
Hahn takes leave of Jonker and Tjamuaha. Second trip to Germany
Hahn's sojourn in Germany, and his return
Otjikango during Hahn's absence
5. Otjikango under the Rev. Brincker
The Rev. Brincker comes to the country. Hahn returns and remains at Otjimbingwe
Attack by the Nama and Maharero's mobilization
Otjikango after the "Anderson Battle"
The Nama attack Otjimbingwe and Otjikango
Brincker considers abandoning Otjikango
Otjikango is retained. The Mbanderu
Maharero settles at Okahandja. Brincker moves to Okahandja
Return to Otjikango. The Nama's efforts to make peace
6. Otjikango during the decade of peace, 1870-1880
The peace of Otjikango and Okahandja
Irle deputizes for Brincker. Consecration of the church at Otjikango
Otjikango until the end of Brincker's term of office
The Rev. Freerk Meyer suceeds Brincker
Brincker's return
7. Otjikango 1880-1890. War again
The battle at Otjikango and Wilhem Maharero's death
Meyer returns to Otjikango
Maharero's expeditions to the south
Hendrik Witbooi
Meyer's last five years at Otjikango, 1883-1888
Meyer is relieved by the Rev. Bernsmann
8. Otjikango 1890-1904
The political situation after Maharero's death
The military station Okahandja and the military post Otjikango are established
Otjikango as a branch of Okahandja
Otjikango again becomes an independant station under the Rev. Hammann
The present situation at Otjikango
Sister Viehe at Otjikango
9. Sale of land to Whites. Outbreak of the Herero War
Sale of land
Events after the outbreak of the Herero War
The murder of H. Lange