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The Best Resources For Learning About Genocide


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With the verdict by the United Nations tribunal investigating genocide in Cambodia, I thought it would be timely for me to both collect several previously-posted “The Best…” lists related to genocide, and to add additional links to events not covered in them.

First, here are links to existing “The Best…” lists:

The Best Web Resources On Darfur

The Best Sites For Learning About The Holocaust

The Best Resources For Learning About The Warsaw Uprising

The Best Sites To Learn About Anne Frank

The Best Sites To Learn About Genocide In Rwanda

Now, here are additional genocide-related resources:

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent interactive timeline, slideshow, and video on the genocide in Cambodia.

The Rise and Fall Of The Khmer Rouge is a slideshow from TIME Magazine.

“Khmer Rouge Tribunals” is an interactive from the Associated Press.

Ripples of Genocide is an excellent multimedia feature on the Congo. It was created by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The Holocaust Museum also has a good feature on Preventing Genocide . It includes sections on “What Is Genocide?”; “Who Is At Risk?”; a “Photo Gallery”; and a “Pledge Wall.”

PBS has an interactive map and other resources on the genocide of Native Americans.

Facing History has many genocide-related teaching resources, including the examples I’ve already cited and others such as the tragedies in Armenia and Bosnia.

Speak Truth To Power is a project of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights that includes a curriculum of seventeen lessons. The lessons include ones on genocide and human trafficking. They would have to be modified for English Language Learners, but they look useful. They include videos but, unfortunately, they’re all on YouTube, which make them inaccessible (online, at least) for most students).

Cambodians re-enact Khmer Rouge massacre on ‘Day of Anger’ are photos from MSNBC.

Suspected war criminal Ratko Mladic was recently arrested. He is accused of being responsible for committing horrific war crimes against Bosnian Muslims. His crimes may, or may not, exactly fit the definition of “genocide,” but they’re close enough, so I’m adding resources on him to The Best Resources For Learning About Genocide:

The Long Shadow of The Bosnian War is a slideshow from TIME.

Here’s a lesson on his arrest for English Language Learners.

War Crimes Suspect Ratko Mladic Caught is a New York Times slideshow.

The Hunt For Ratko Mladic is an interactive timeline from The New York Times.

Bosnian Serb War Crimes Suspect Ratko Mladic Arrested in an Associated Press interactive.

The Wall Street Journal also has a useful interactive.

Srebrenica: Worst European atrocity since WWII comes from CNN.

Bosnian Serb war fugitive Ratko Mladic captured is a series of photos from The Big Picture.

Here’s a video from The New York Times:

Cambodia: Khmer Rouge tribunal continues is an Associated Press interactive.

Marches and commemorations in Southland mark Armenian genocide is a photo gallery from The L.A. Times.

Al Jazeera World – Women who refuse to die is a video about the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of Muslims:

Guatemala Genocide Trial is a slideshow from The Wall Street Journal.

Rios Montt Guilty of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity is from The PBS News Hour.

Guatemala: Why We Cannot Turn Away is also from The News Hour.

“Granito: How to Nail a Dictator”: New Film Tracks Struggle for Justice After Guatemalan Genocide is from Democracy Now. You can learn more here.

The Guardian has just published an excellent video called Guatemala genocide trial: witnesses of atrocities tell their stories.

Guatemala: Voices of the Genocide
is a series of videos on what occurred in Guatemala.

Efraín Ríos Montt Sentenced to 80 Years For Genocide Of Guatemalan Mayans is a good overview of the trial from Fox News Latino.

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Here is how a CBS News story published in 2015 begins:

Around the world on Friday, tens of thousands of people of Armenian descent commemorated the genocide 100 years ago of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks.

The annual April 24 commemorations mark the day when the mass killings started. An estimated 1.5 million died in massacres, deportations and forced marches that began in 1915 as Ottoman officials worried that the Christian Armenians would side with Russia, its enemy in World War I.

The event is widely viewed by historians as genocide. Turkey denies the deaths constituted genocide, saying the toll has been inflated and that those killed were victims of civil war and unrest.

Here are additional related resources:

Remembering the Armenian Genocide is from The New York Times.

Centenary of the Armenian genocide: descendants tell their family’s stories is from The Guardian.

Remembering Armenia’s losses is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe.

How to Teach About Genocide and Mass Atrocity is from Education Week.

20 Years Since the Srebrenica Massacre is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.

Srebrenica Massacre, After 20 Years, Still Casts a Long Shadow in Bosnia is from The New York Times.

“The Early Warning Project” Provides Assessments Of Where Mass Violence Is Likely To Occur

It’s The 70th Anniversary Of The Nuremberg Trials – Here Are Related Resources

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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