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For this paper, you will have to compare and contrast the Holocaust with another genocide.

Genocide- Compare and Contrast

For this paper, you will have to compare and contrast the Holocaust with another genocide. This means you will need resources on TWO genocides: the Holocaust plus another of your choice. Below is a list of suggested genocides beyond the Holocaust:

  • Cambodian Genocide
  • Rwandan Genocide
  • Armenian Genocide
  • Croatian (Bosnia-Herzegovina) Genocide
  • Guatemalan Civil War
  • Darfur (Sudan) Genocide
  • The Ukrainian Holodomor 

You may prepare an outline for your paper, in that outline you must illustrate, or show the following:

Select two different examples from history where human rights have been denied to groups of people and for each

• Explain the historical circumstances that led to the denial of human rights. Include the similarities and differences socially, politically, and economically (Causes)

• Describe how the human rights of that group were denied

• Discuss an action taken by an individual, a group, or a government that attempted to end the human rights violations (Effects)

Options:

Instead of writing a paper, Students may choose to create a timeline that outlines all the details needed in the task. This timeline may be drawn or photo shopped, or even digital if you find a program suitable for this assessment.

Students may also choose to create a Prezi or photo story comparing and contrasting the events chosen by the individual

Helpful Websites

United States Holocaust Museum:Through various pages on this website, you can learn about the Holocuast, its survivors and victims, genocide, and how to confront genocide and antisemitism. In addition, if you click on “genocide” at the top, and then “cases” on the left, you will see a list of genocides with links to more information about them, including the following from our list: Cambodia, Croatia (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Rwanda, and Sudan.

The History Place: This link will take you to an index of genocides that have occurred in the 20th century. The genocides covered here from our suggested list include:

Holocaust Museum in Houston: Click on the tab “Resources,” then select “Genocide Resources.” Another list will appear with several countries that experience(d) genocide, including some from our suggested list: Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina (Croatia), Cambodia, Darfur, Guatemala, Rwanda.

The following websites were built by organizations determined to raise awareness about and to end genocide.

  • STAND: From their “About” page: “STAND is the student-led movement to end mass atrocities. At its core, our mission is to empower individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide.  . . . Born out of the fight to stop the genocide in Darfur, Sudan, STAND is devoted to creating a sustainable student network that actively fights genocide wherever it may occur. . . . By creating political will, we hold our elected officials accountable for preventing and ending genocide and mass atrocities.  . . . STAND is the only student-led organization focused on atrocity and genocide prevention because we believe students are the agents of change. . . . Through regional and campus-wide mobilization, meaningful relationships with members of Congress, leadership development, and inventive advocacy, we are leading members of the anti-genocide movement. We’re building the first permanent anti-genocide constituency and we’re here to stay.”

Many countries’ genocides discussed here are not on the suggested list, but it has handy PowerPoints and “one pagers” (single-page handouts) on several major genocides. This is an easy-to-read-and-understand resource for those of you wanting to learn more about a genocide that is not on the list. However, the country with the most information that is also on our list is Sudan (Darfur).

  • End Genocide: This link offers a timeline of past genocides and includes a summary for each. In addition, news videos further detailing the events of the genocides are linked on the right. You may need to view these at home since most are YouTube videos (one uses Vimeo, so you may be able to view that).

Genocides covered (* = accompanying video): Armenian genocide*, The Holocaust*, Cambodian genocide*, Bosnian genocide*, Rwandan genocide*, Darfur genocide

  • World without Genocide: From the “About” page: “World Without Genocide works to protect innocent people around the world; prevent genocide by combating racism and prejudice; advocate for the prosecution of perpetrators; and remember those whose lives and cultures have been destroyed by violence. . . . World Without Genocide envisions a future in which genocide and other mass atrocities, perpetrated against innocent people based solely on who they are, will disappear from the earth.”

The “Genocides and Conflicts” page provides a helpful overview of what genocide is and the stages it follows in a country. On the right side of the page, information is provided about genocides in the following countries that coincide with your suggested list: Armenia, Bosnia, Cambodia, Darfur, Rwanda; information is also provided about The Holocuast.

 

Book Sources

The following titles are a sample of the books we have on this topic in the library.  These and others have been placed on reserve for you.