The internment camp ‘Klein-Danzig’ in Windhoek 1939–1941

  • Tobias Pech


The internment camp ‘Klein-Danzig’ in Windhoek was in existence during the first years of the Second World War between 1939 and 1941. Its overall capacity rose from 70 up to 200 men. Mainly based on a solid corpus of camp records which include a wide range of documents such as disciplinary files of internees, blue prints for the barracks or even dentist’s files, a detailed picture of the organization, social structure and all-day life in the Windhoek camp is given. The main focus of the article lies on the description of the internees’ disobedience and insubordination which finally led to the shut-down of the camp in 1941. A short summary of the history of the German speaking minority in South West Africa between the World Wars serves to put the internment camp into historical context.
How to Cite
Pech, T. (2017). The internment camp ‘Klein-Danzig’ in Windhoek 1939–1941. Journal of Namibian Studies : History Politics Culture, 21, 89-116. Retrieved from