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Armenian Genocide Museum– will this help or hurt the cause?

April 14, 2008

The Armenians are creating their own privately funded genocide museum in Washington DC. I think this is fantastic in so much as we need to remember what has happened in order to understand it. The Jerusalem Post noted that slogan of never forgetting the Holocaust must apply to all genocides:

By failing to do so, we diminish ourselves and squander the moral authority we gained – gained not only because Jews are commanded to remember, but because Germany owned up to its crimes.

The Armenians and the Jews have much in common: atrocities, expulsion, our own languages and cultures, and schisms within our faiths. But we Jews have been spared one grievous harm: as Berenbaum has noted, the fact that Germany acknowledged the Holocaust enabled the Jews to commemorate it appropriately – not to argue about whether it happened.

The Museum to be called the Armenian Genocide Museum of America will be housed down 14th street approximately 20 minutes by foot from the current Holocaust museum and only a few blocks from the White House. Read the rest of this entry »

The Art of Survival

April 7, 2008

Cambodians are using art to discuss the Khmer Rogue genocide; they are also using it to heal. The exhibit, named “The Art of Survival”, incorporates the art work of both survivors of the genocide and the children of survivors. The art ranges from contemporary abstract depictions to more formulaic representations. Together it is a means of healing and also cultivating the nascent Cambodian art scene.

Art, the article mentioned, is a marker of development. Its a marker primarily because in order for people to make art there must be enough of a structure in society where its feasible for people to engage in non-subsistence work and enough free time to engage with art. The occurrence of free time and non-subsistence labor illustrate a society that is on its way “upward”. Therefore, the emergence of an art scene in Cambodia points to the way in which society is emerging from under the shadow of both genocide and the Khmer Rogue. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekly Genocide Roundup

March 30, 2008

As I sip morning coffee and enjoy the coming spring, I thought I’d share some up and coming articles that may be of interest!

Cal Hearing about Cambodian Genocide

The Cultural Genocide of Balochistan

Rwanda Mayor Fired for Spreading Genocide Ideology

Hillary Clinton and Genocide

Stolen Generations