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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Whether we are considering accounts from survivors, perpetrators, or witnesses, these are our primary links to genocide as seen and experienced at “ground level.” Where survivors are concerned, testimonial accounts have a special status ...
Survivor accounts chronicle events either directly witnessed by their authors or told to them by others at the time of their ordeals. It is these events—and, more universally, the truth—that genocide survivors attempt to impart to their ...
Above all, survivors are mostly interested in conveying to their readers a sense of what happened to them, as they remember it. Do they wish to be seen in a particular light? Perhaps. Is their intention to tell the “truth,” as they ...
Von Trotha forced the survivors to retreat into the Omaheke Desert (that is, the Kalahari), where it was intended that they would die from hunger and thirst. The Germans set up a perimeter to ensure that no Hereros would manage to ...
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8 THE RWANDAN GENOCIDE
9 THE BOSNIAN GENOCIDE
10 THE DARFUR GENOCIDE
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