Genocide & Lessons Learned:. The Holocaust and Rwanda. Genocide. the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group Examples: Holocaust, Rwanda, Armenians, Bosnia, Sudan. Concentration Camp for Bosnian Muslims and Croats. Points for discussion.
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Genocide & Lessons Learned:
The Holocaust and Rwanda
Concentration Camp for Bosnian Muslims and Croats
Nov. 1938-May 1945
Jews- men, women, children, practicing and non-practicing Jews (2% of European pop.)
Tutsis- Rwandan tribe, men, women, children (9% of pop.)
Antisemitism- existed for 2,000 years. Jews were established professionals in Germany. Seen as religious and ethnic group (racial group by Nazis).
Rwanda- Ethnic conflict not new. For centuries, Tutsis had mainly been the privileged and ruling class (imposed by imperialism) while Hutus were usually the working class.
Nazi soldiers, officers, civilians
Shooting squads, gassing/crematoria
Hutu villagers- neighbors, friends
Firearms, machetes, and a variety of garden implements
Approximately 6 million Jews, 11 million total
Approximately 800,000 Tutsis in 100 days
President Bush: “It's time for the U.S. to apologize and recognize all former eugenics victims to bring a sense of closure to this issue”.
President Clinton: "We come here today partly in recognition of the fact that we in the United States and the world community did not do as much as we could have and should have done to try to limit what occurred" in Rwanda.