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GENOCIDE January 02, 2006 6:04 PM

GENOCIDE. We all cring at the sound of that word. The Holocaust and Hitler wasn't the first and unfortunately wasn't the last. In this thread I would like for members to write anything you want that is related to genocide. Anything at all like current events, past events, petitions to be signed, facts, your opinions of the issues, books, movies, etc. Feel free to express yourself here in words or even in art/pictures. Providing us with links to webpages would also be great too.

Just another way we can teach each other and getting to know one another. Note: If you must you may post pictures that are graphic in nature to express yourself. I apologize a head of time for those of you that do not like to see things like that but I feel that sometimes we have to really look hate in the eyes to get the full impact!

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Prosecute George W. Bush for War Crimes Petition January 05, 2006 1:56 PM

Prosecute George W. Bush for War Crimes Petition
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 January 06, 2006 12:06 AM

Thanks Nat!!  I signed it!!

Peace and Love, Tiffany

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 January 06, 2006 12:14 AM

I signed and sent it to my brother who is still recovering from campaigning door to door for Kerry in Cincinnati.

I KNOW he'll sign it and probably get a great many of his friends and associates to do likewise.

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I signed!! January 07, 2006 6:05 PM

Hi, I signed the petition!! I pray with my whole being that it works!

Good to see you all.

Love and peace,


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 March 02, 2006 10:54 AM


thank you for that!

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 March 03, 2006 1:53 AM


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ARMENIAN GENOCIDE April 19, 2006 2:01 AM


On April 17, award-winning filmmaker Andrew Goldberg’s new film, The Armenian Genocide, will premier on PBS (check local listings). This film shares the largely untold story of the Armenian Genocide, which was carried out by the Ottoman Turks during World War I and resulted in over one million Armenian deaths. Featuring interviews with leading experts in the field, such as Pulitzer Prize winning author Samantha Power and New York Times best-selling author Peter Balakian, this film features never before seen historical footage of the events and key players. Filmed in the US, France, Germany, Belgium, Turkey, and Syria, the program features discussions with Kurdish and Turkish citizens in modern day Turkey who speak openly about the stories told to them by their parents and grandparents.

The Armenian Genocide is narrated by Julianna Margulies and includes historical narrations by actors Ed Harris, Natalie Portman, Laura Linney, and Orlando Bloom, among others.

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Curriculum Unit on the Armenian Genocide April 19, 2006 2:06 AM

This series of lessons can serve as a mini-unit for teaching the Armenian Genocide. These lessons can by used individually or as a whole to compliment Facing History and Ourselves’ resource books Facing History and Ourselves: Holocaust and Human Behavior or Crimes Against Humanity and Civilization: The Genocide of the Armenians. These lessons are designed to be used with the film The Armenian Genocide (Two Cats Productions) which will air on PBS on April 17, 2006.

Introduction and Rationale:

In our increasingly interconnected world it has become clear that what happens in one country affects all of us in many ways, some more visible than others. Responding to genocide, ethnic violence, and abuses of human rights stand as the primary challenges of our day. There was great hope that the end of the Cold War would usher in a new era with a blossoming of democracy and human rights; instead the mass violence in East Timor, the Balkans, and parts of Africa makes it clear that finding the tools to prevent genocide is as urgent as ever. Historians note that in the last hundred years more human beings died through genocidal violence and state-sanctioned murder than on that era’s countless battlefields.

It was no accident that the failure to prevent escalating abuses of the human rights of Ottoman minorities climaxed with the systematic deportation and mass murder of the Armenian population of the empire in World War I. While other minority groups had broken free from the Ottoman Empire, the Armenians hoped that reforms— supported by the Western powers—would bring change. Instead a new nationalism spread through the Ottoman leadership that left no place for the Christian minorities within the empire. Under the cover of World War I the genocide of the Armenians began.

In 1915 journalists, politicians, and ordinary people considered how best to respond to the accounts of “horrors” and “outrages” in Turkey’s Anatolian desert. Unable to remain silent, local and national leaders challenged tradition by boldly proclaiming that responsibility for human life does not stop at national borders. Their solutions set important precedents for international law. In fact, the phrase “crime against humanity,” made famous as one of the counts at the post-Holocaust Nuremberg Trials, was first used to describe the massacres of Armenian civilians in the spring of 1915.

As the pillaging of Armenian villages continued, diplomats debated questions of national sovereignty. In the absence of military intervention, coalitions of individuals, religious groups, and voluntary associations were able to raise millions of dollars to house and feed refugees from the slaughter. While those efforts saved many, humanitarian relief alone could not stop the mass murder of women, children, and men. In the wake of the genocide, official promises to hold the perpetrators accountable faded, as did support for the new Armenian state.

To many who had followed the bloody history of Turkey’s campaign against its own people, the impunity enjoyed by those who had ordered and carried out the killings was unbearable. One of them was Raphael Lemkin, a Polish Jew and a law student. Lemkin confronted one of his law school professors. He asked, “Why is the killing of a million people a lesser crime than the killing of a single individual?”  His professor used a metaphor to explain that courts did not have any jurisdiction: “Consider the case of a farmer who owns a flock of chickens. He kills them and this is his business. If you interfere, you are trespassing.” But, replied an incensed Lemkin, “the Armenians are not chickens.”  Lemkin dedicated the rest of his life to finding a way to make sure that the law would recognize the difference. In 1944 Lemkin coined the word “genocide” and later he drafted the United Nations Convention on Genocide. The convention was ratified on December 9, 1948, one day before the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Although this convention requires that its signatories take whatever steps are necessary to prevent genocide, too often the international community does little but stand by while mass killings continue in places like Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In his role as a columnist for the New York Times, Nicholas Kristoff warns readers about the consequences of silence. “There is something special about genocide,” he writes, “When human beings deliberately wipe out others because of their tribe or skin color, when babies succumb not to diarrhea but to bayonets and bonfires, that is not just one more tragedy. It is a monstrosity that demands a response from other humans. We demean our own humanity, and that of the victims, when we avert our eyes.”

We hope that this series of lessons will help a new generation to understand that genocide is a threat to all of us: it is indeed a “crime against humanity.”

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Sonia Weitz: Her Words Move Us Forward April 19, 2006 2:19 AM

In March 2006, 50 teachers from around the U.S. and the world who were taking Facing History and Ourselves’ 8-week online course, Holocaust and Human Behavior, participated in a moving conference call with poet and Holocaust survivor Sonia Schreiber Weitz. Before the conversation, the teachers read Weitz’s story of loss and survival during the Holocaust, documented in her memoir, I Promised I Would Tell. Born in Krakow, Poland, Weitz was just eleven years old when the Holocaust began. Of the 84 members of her family, only Sonia and her sister Blanca survived.

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