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The purpose of this activity is to help students learn about responding to genocide. In order to do so, students will divide into groups and research one interviewee from the Museum’s Voices on Antisemitism series in-depth and present their research to the class using one of the options listed below.

Christopher Browning

Christopher BrowningHistorian Christopher Browning has written extensively about how ordinary Germans became murderers during the Holocaust. Listen to Browning explain why examining the perpetrators' history matters. Learn more

Father Patrick Desbois

Father Patrick DesboixIn 2004, Father Patrick Desbois set out across Ukraine to locate the sites of mass killings of Jews during the Holocaust. He is motivated in part by the memory of his own grandfather, a French soldier who was deported to Ukraine by the Nazis. Learn more 

Gregory S. Gordon

Gregory S. GordonGregory Gordon helped to prosecute the landmark "media" cases in Rwanda–where hate speech, broadcast over the radio, was directly linked to the genocide of the Tutsi people. Gordon believes that the lessons learned in Rwanda could be applied in Iran and elsewhere, to prevent these incitement tactics from taking hold. Learn more

John Mann

John MannAlthough there is not a single Jewish person living in the area British Member of Parliament John Mann represents, he believes it absolutely proper that he serves as chair of the British Parliamentary Committee Against Antisemitism. Learn more 

Sayana Ser

Sayana SerSayana Ser was born in Cambodia in 1981, two years after the fall of dictator Pol Pot. Today, Ser works to help her country heal from that genocide. As part of that effort, Ser decided to translate The Diary of Anne Frank into her native language of Khmer. Learn more

Methodology

  • Divide students into groups.
  • Assign a podcast episode to each group.
  • Each group will research the person assigned to them, paying close attention to what he or she is doing in a contemporary sense in response to genocide.
  • Students should consider who the individual is, where he or she lives, what his or her motivation is in responding to genocide, and what methods this person uses to carry out his or her work.
  • Once the groups have gathered the necessary information, they should present what they have learned about the individual assigned to them using any of the methods below:
    • Design a poster on the person including information on who he or she is and how this person has responded to genocide.
    • Write a newspaper article “reporting” on the individual and what he or she is doing in response to genocide.
    • Create a profile on a website instructing others how to respond to genocide using the methods the individual has described.
    • Simulate a press conference.

Recommended Research Resources

Museum Resources

  • Confront Genocide (A website where you can watch eyewitness testimony, find out who is at risk today, write your own pledge to take action, and much more.)

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