The Holocaust is hardly the only instance of state-sponsored genocide in the past hundred years..............
1. Research another incident to share with the class.
To do this you may do the following:
  • Print/copy something from the internet/database/book, summarize or read excerpt.
  • Print/share photo and summarize the crisis it represents
  • Find/share a video to discuss
2. Answer this question: What elements do all instances of genocide and mass extermination have in common? (200 words)

DUE: 3/27


La vita รจ bella ~ Life is Beautiful
Roberto Benigni (1997)
1939 Arezzo, Italy. Guido, a Jewish book keeper starts a fairy tale life by courting and marrying a lovely woman from a nearby city. Guido and his wife have a son and live happily together until the occupation of Italy by German forces. In an attempt to hold his family together and help his son survive the horrors of a Jewish Concentration Camp, Guido imagines that the Holocaust is a game and that the grand prize for winning is a tank.

Darfur Genocide Video2007-5-8-owtgun51138992.jpg

This is a video that is told from an American ex-Marine perspective.

Pfennig Postcard, Wrong Address
by Michael R. Burch
We saw their pictures:
tortured out of our imaginations
like golems.

We could not believe
in their frail extremities
or their gaunt faces,
pallid as our disbelief.

They are not
with us now . . .
We have:
huddled them
into the backroomsofconscience,
consigned them
to the ovensofsilence,
buried them in the mass graves
of circumstancesbeyondourcontrol.

We have
so little left
of them
to remind us ...
*Pfennig: A coin formerly used in Germany

For a Sandy Hook Child, with Butterflies
Where does the butterfly go
when lightning rails,

when hailstones scream,when thunder howls,
when winter scowls,
when nights compound dark frosts with snow ...
Where does the butterfly go?

Where does the rose hide its bloom
when night descends oblique and chill
beyond the capacity of moonlight to fill?
When the only relief's a banked fire's glow,
where does the butterfly go?

And where shall the spirit flee
when life is harsh, too harsh to face,
and hope is lost without a trace?
Oh, when the light of life runs low,
where does the butterfly go?

Genocide in Africa

US Soldier Confesses about atrocities in Iraq