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Stages of Genocide. Raul Hilberg’s 4 Stages & Genocidewatch’s 8 Stages. Genocide as a Process. Eight stages that are “predictable” But NOT guaranteed Process is NOT linear Later stages must be preceded by earlier All stages continue throughout process. CLASSIFICATION:.

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stages of genocide

Stages of Genocide

Raul Hilberg’s 4 Stages& Genocidewatch’s 8 Stages

genocide as a process
Genocide as a Process
  • Eight stages that are “predictable”
    • But NOT guaranteed
  • Process is NOT linear
    • Later stages must be preceded by earlier
    • All stages continue throughout process
classification

CLASSIFICATION:

Is to classify “us & them”; create symbol meant to classify the group

German and Jew

Hutu and Tutsi

Identification

symbolization
SYMBOLIZATION:

Give names or other symbols to classifications

Distinguish by colors or dress

Apply symbol to members of group

Identification

dehumanization

DEHUMANIZATION

Denies the humanity of the group

Equates group with vermin, animals, insects or disease

Hate propaganda is printed

Hate radio used to vilify the group

Isolation

hutu radio rwandan genocide
Hutu Radio – Rwandan Genocide

Used terms “cockroaches” & “tall trees”

organization
ORGANIZATION:

Plans made for genocidal killing

Genocide is always organized

Militia often trained by army units

Can be informal and/or decentralized

Isolation

polarization
POLARIZATION:

Extremists drive groups apart

Broadcast polarizing propaganda

Laws forbid intermarriage/social interaction

Targeting of moderates

Disenfranchisement

preparation

PREPARATION:

Victims are separated out because of a certain characteristic Segregated or confined

Death lists written up

Symbols used

Property expropriated

Disenfranchisement

slide17

A Crate Full of Rings Confiscated from Prisoners

Crates of Silverware

Taken from Prisoners

slide22
Awarehouse full of shoes and clothing confiscated from the prisoners and deportees gassed upon their arrival
slide23
A large pile of brushes, that were confiscated from arriving prisoners, are stored in one of the warehouses in Auschwitz
slide24
One of the warehouses in Auschwitz, which is stuffed to overflowing with clothes confiscated from prisoners
kristallnacht
Kristallnacht

November 10, 1938Night of Broken Glass

extermination

EXTERMINATION:

Wiping out of a group or culture

Victims are not entirely ‘human’

Downward spiral in society as a whole

Armed forces work with militias when state-sponsored

Extermination

slide28

A prisoner who has been

subjected to low pressure

experimentation. For the

benefit of the Luftwaffe,

air pressure was created

comparable to that found

at 15,000 meters in altitude,

in an effort to determine how

high German pilots could

fly and survive.

denial
DENIAL
  • Not part of Hilberg’s 4 stages
  • Sure signs of genocide; mass graves, evidence of deaths
  • Deny crimes, blame events on victims, block investigations
  • Cover up evidence; intimidate witnesses
hilberg s 4 stages

Genocidewatch’s 8 Stages

Hilberg’s 4 Stages
  • Classification
  • Symbolization
  • Dehumanization
  • Organization
  • Polarization
  • Preparation
  • Extermination
  • Denial
  • Identify
  • Isolation
  • Disenfranchisement
  • Extermination
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