Library Highlight: 'Germanin': Nazi perspectives on an aspect of Central African colonial history

300 POWs as extras in the film Germanin (© Dauerausstellung Heimatmuseum Luckenwalde)At the height of World War II the German-language film Germanin: die Geschichte einer kolonialen Tat (Germanin: the story of a colonial deed) was released in 1943. The film was based on a novel written by Dr Hellmuth Unger. Unger was a medical practitioner and fervent supporter of the National Socialist Regime in Germany. The film Germanin depicts the fictional exploits of a professor Dr Achenbach who leads an expedition to Central Africa, Northern Rhodesia and Belgian Congo in order to test Germanin, a new drug to treat Human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), or sleeping sickness. Read the Library Highlight.