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Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission


Defining Genocide: Educator Workshop Part I

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Calendar   Workshops
Location Webinar
Date Sat, Jan 30, 9:00am - 10:30am
Duration   1h 30m

Defining Genocide: Educator Workshop Part I

For most people, the word genocide conveys the worst crime humanity can perpetrate. But, what exactly is genocide? Raphael Lemkin, the Polish Jewish lawyer and activist who coined the term in 1944, defined genocide as “a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of ethnic and national groups, with the aim of destroying the groups themselves.” Lemkin helped usher in the UN Genocide Convention of 1948, an instrument of international law that codified for the first time this heinous crime, requiring states to take measures to prevent its recurrence and to punish the perpetrators.

This workshop will discuss the history and ramifications of the term genocide, and its applications across multiple cases, from the Holocaust to the Canadian Indian residential schools. They will also explore rationales for teaching about genocide, and share resources to help you achieve your goals.

Register here.

Sponsored by Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota, Kupferberg Holocaust Center, Queensborough Community College & the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center, Cincinnati Ohio.

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