In the wake of colonial conquest, postcolonial movements, and contemporary transcultural discourses, the tales of refugees and migrants with divided identitary loyalties have gained increasing prominence. Against this background, this essay discusses a memoir by Lucia Engombe, Kind Nr. 95, as a valuable historical source that provides personalized views on historical developments to illustrate how political decisions affect the lives of people who are neither involved in making these decisions nor in a position to change them. Raised in both Namibia and the German Democratic Republic, Engombe must reconcile her Namibian origin with her German upbringing, but she also has to emancipate herself from the dogmatic manichaeism of socialist ideology. Her story serves as a parable of the impact of totalitarian ideology, registering sensitively the G D R 's deviations from its own standards and moral codes. the life of Lucia Pandulenikalunga Engombe presents an extraordinary story. Born in 1972 at the Old Farm in Lusaka, Zambia,1 her first recollections relate to the Nyango refugee camp in the north west of Zambia, where her family moved when Lucia was two. In 1979, a group of eighty Namibian children was brought to the G D R , the German
Matatu – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2009
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