Encountering Genocide: Personal Accounts from Victims, Perpetrators, and Witnesses
ABC-CLIO, 30. lip 2014. - Broj stranica: 305
Cutting-edge in its scope and approach, this unique volume offers first-person accounts of modern genocides to enable readers to more fully examine genocidal experiences and better understand the horror of such events.
From the atrocities of the Holocaust to the ongoing horrors in Darfur, genocide has been a gruesome and all-too-prominent fixture of modern history. There is no better way to examine and understand these events than through the accounts of those involved. This unique collection of primary sources features 50 documents, some of which have never before been made public. These firsthand accounts—diary entries, memoirs, oral testimony, original interviews, and more—illuminate 10 genocides of the 20th and 21st centuries as they were experienced by victims, perpetrators, and bystanders.
The book begins with the Herero Genocide (1904–1907) and ends with a consideration of the atrocities in Darfur. Each of the 50 documents features a brief introduction that provides basic and essential information such as who created it as well as when, where, and why. The work concludes with an analysis comprised of scholarly commentary, additional contextual information, and a list of questions that will serve as a springboard for student discussion of history and of the nature of survival in the face of evil.
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The questions asked, therefore, are of a very special nature. Generally speaking, they do not look for the textures, smells, sights, and contours of a person's experience, nor do they explore the wider contextual backdrop against which ...
The sun sank in a dull glow; the air grew cooler, and the horses got somewhat more lively and began with weary steps to nibble a few little bushes. After a while the Afrikaner woke and asked in a woe-begone voice if I had a ...
Then he asked him some more questions, pointing towards the east; and the negro also pointed towards the east, answering all sorts of things of which I understood nothing. The guardsman said: “He is stuffing me with lies.
Referring to his thirst, he then asked, “But what good does all that do to me? I must die here.” The matter-of-fact way in which Moor describes this exchange is a solid indication of how he viewed life and death during the campaign.
Prior to the uprising, by best accounts, the Herero population had numbered around 80,000; after it, no more than about 15,000 could be counted. Some have asked whether or not von Trotha's actions constituted 10 The Herero Genocide ...
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8 THE RWANDAN GENOCIDE
9 THE BOSNIAN GENOCIDE
10 THE DARFUR GENOCIDE
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