X, 194 pp.
8 coloured photos, 12 b/w photos
Text language: German
The present volume represents the eighth edition in the series Mission – Past and Present, in which Klaus Gockel portrays Dr. Werner Andreas Wienecke and Hans-Georg Scholz, the antipoles of Heinrich Vedder and Hans Karl Diehl (see volume 4 of the series). Gockel draws their life and work during the time after World War II in what was then Southwest Africa, a time they were in service of the Rhenish Missionary Society (RMG), the predecessor of the United Evangelical Mission (VEM), and had to deal with white racism in the form of Apartheid.
The documents of the archives of the VEM written by and about Wienecke and Scholz are taken as a basis for the study. Both prominent characters, they were known for their extraordinary humanity. But what was the position of these two agents of the white mission regarding questions of colonialism and apartheid or non-violent participation in the fight for political liberation claimed by African or black theology in the country? To what extent did their attitude towards apartheid differ from that of the white government in Southwest Africa and South Africa? Which problems did they face due to their humanistic point of view?
Similar to his first volume dealing with Vedder and Diehl, the author again cited the available source material completely or at least in extracts. At the end of the book the reader finds – as well as in the first volume – the original primary texts.
For Klaus Gockel, racism is a universal problem of mankind which cannot be abolished through research and education, but these can contribute to the analysis of processes and structures of racism and the resistance against it as well as to the exploration of its background and underlying conditions. In this way, the possibility to recognise and fight present and future racism evolves.