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Justice Richard Goldstone on Holocaust Education and Genocide Prevention

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Schloss Leopoldskron
The Second Annual Lloyd N. Cutler Lecture on the Rule of Law: Harold Hongju Koh -  
International Responses to Genocide: A comparative study of the dynamics of decision-making
12 Jun - 15 Jun, 2011
 Learning from the Past: Global Perspectives on Holocaust Education

“If our goal in teaching students about the Holocaust is to make them think harder about civic responsibility, human rights and the dangers of racism, then presumably we need to connect the Holocaust with other instances of genocide, and with ethnic conflicts or tensions in our own time and place. That would enable students not only to learn about the Holocaust, but also to learn important lessons from it.”

– “The Myth of Never Again,” Kofi Annan Op-ed June 17, 2010 New York Times

This multi-year project is being developed in partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum under the direction of Michael Abramowitz, (Director, Committee on Conscience, USHMM) and seeks to improve the chances that genocide can in future be halted, deterred or otherwise prevented, based on a careful study of international responses to genocidal violence. (Key questions include why past genocides were allowed to happen, how various actors behaved before and during them, and whether different actions by any or all of them would likely have produced a different result.)

We expect to do this through a series of case studies of selected past genocides, during which eyewitnesses, key international actors, and scholars will be asked to take part in in-depth, multi-perspective analyses of the impact that international decision-making had, or could have had, on the perpetrators.

The information assembled in each case study will be used to develop new insights, and the core group managing the project will bring these together in a cumulative analysis, on which current and future policymakers who have to deal with threats of genocide can draw. The USHMM will be hosting the first expert planning meeting for this project from September 9 - September 11, 2012 in Washington DC. Key experts will be involved in this planning meeting to determine the specific case studies that this project will examine and to shape its development.

We expect that the first case study session coming out of this project will be held in Salzburg in 2013.

supported in part by The Austrian Future’s Fund


supported in part by The Jacob Blaustein Intitute

Related SGS Programs
Learning from the Past: Global Perspectives on Holocaust Education
27 Jun - 01 Jul, 2012
The Global Prevention of Genocide: Learning From the Holocaust
28 Jun - 03 Jul, 2010
Preventing Genocide and Mass Violence: What can be learned from history?
12 Jun - 14 Jun, 2009
Race and Ethnicity: Social Change through Public Awareness
16 Oct - 16 Oct, 1999
(Session 372)


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