Afro-Germans in the Third Reich were victims of persecution, isolation, sterilization, medical experimentation, incarceration, brutality and murder.
The story of black people, or Afro-Germans, in Germany during the years of Hitler's reign (1933-1945) is complex and not well known. Hitler made his thoughts about black people in Germany abundantly clear in his book Mein Kampf (1923), when he wrote, "It is a scarcely conceivable fallacy of thought to believe that a Negro...will turn into a German because he learns German and is willing to speak the German language and perhaps even give his vote to a German political party." Between 20,000 and 25,000 blacks (or Afro-Germans) lived in Nazi Germany. Africans had come to Germany both before and after the First World War as students, artisans, entertainers, former soldiers, and low-level colonial officers.