Genocide isn’t something that ended with World War II and the Nazi Holocaust. There are horrible mass-killings going on throughout the world that people all over the globe need to be aware of in order to stop them.
Watch Michael Abramowitz, Director of the Committee on Conscience, the genocide-prevention program at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, discuss how the museum is working to spotlight genocide, below:
“In the 1930s, there actually wasn’t a lot of killing going on,” Abramowitz said, since at that point, the Nazis were still rounding up Jews, spewing hate speech and committing other acts. “We want to look for the warning signs, to look for those possible societies at risk of genocide,” Abramowitz said.
Watch Abramowitz discuss how modern-day genocide in places such as Rwanda and Srebrenica deserve attention and how the museum helps galvanize attention to these atrocious acts:
“We really try to get people to understand that these genocides did not just erupt spontaneously. There were clear warning signs” such as hate speech espoused by those who led genocidal acts, Abramowitz said. “We try to get across the idea that genocide is a preventable phenomenon.”
genConnect was credentialed press at the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colo., where we interviewed the premier speakers and attendees at the conference. For more of our video interviews and articles from the Ideas Festival, click here.
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