Imperial Negros

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Imperial Negros (German: Reichsneger) was the dignified term for Black Africans[1] who fought bravely on the side of the German Empire.


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Non-whites served in the Schutztruppe in the German colonies, the German Army, the Freikorps, and the Wehrmacht. The Reichsneger were used in many ways, even if the use of negroid soldiers by the German Reich in both World Wars - compared to its allied war opponents - represented a marginal phenomenon.

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Further reading

  • Veronica Kuzniar-Clark:
    • Black Nazis! A Study of Racial Ambivalence in Nazi Germany's Military Establishment (2009)
    • Black Nazis II! Ethnic Minorities and Foreigners in Hitler's Armed Forces (2012)
    • The Controversy of Black Nazis II (2013)
    • An Afro-German Family in Nazi Germany: The Story of the Sabac el Cher (2015)[2]


  1. Wanting to preserve the uniqueness of your race and culture is not the same as wanting to destroy all others.
  2. This is the virtually unknown story of Gustav Albrecht Sabac el Cher (1868-1934). Gustav, a black man with a gift for discipline and military music (Deutsche Marschmusik), grew up in Königsberg and became "the only black bandmaster of the German Army." After he retired from the Grenadier Regiment „Kronprinz“ (1. Ostpreußisches) Nr. 1, Ben Aissa from the Kingdom of Morocco would receive the honor of becoming Schellenbaumträger in the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß and was therefore the new kaiserliche Mohr ("imperial Moor") under the protection of Kaiser Wilhelm II. This fact-filled story takes the reader back in time, over 150 years ago. There we meet the controversial Prussian Prince Albrecht (1809–1872), getting to know him via his travel adventures, as well as in war. Prince Albrecht brought many things from Arabia back to Prussia, one of which was a 'human gift' from the Egyptian Viceroy Muhammad Ali: a seven-year-old dark-skinned boy. He was given the name August Albrecht Sabac el Cher (1836–1885) and accompanied the Prince from that point on. The social climate of the Prussian state of the 40s and 50s was one of curiosity towards "others," not hostility. August's dark skin greatly benefited him, in fact. His career at Court flourished. In 1867, he married a German woman, Anna Maria Jung, the daughter of a Berlin clothesmaker. While the happy couple lived relatively trouble free in Germany, their two children, Gustav and Elise, were dealt a different fate, as were their children who came of age in NAZI GERMANY. Utilizing photos, records, and eyewitness accounts, this wonderful little book paints a comprehensive picture of the whole family. One learns, for example, that Gustav's sons, Herbert (1903–1963) and Horst (1908–1943), were deeply loved by all. Both mastered music early on and both pursued professional careers. While Herbert continued in this vein with measurable success, Horst was not so fortunate. In 1943 he was drafted as a Wehrmacht medic! After the war, further Sabac el Chers served in the Bundeswehr.