In addition to genocide, there are a number of other large-scale, systematic crimes committed against civilian populations that fall under the category of “mass atrocities.” These crimes include crimes against humanity, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and mass killing.
Genocide as a term did not exist before 1944. Learn about its origins and legal definition.
Learn more about the serious, violent crimes that do not fall under the specific definition of genocide.
Explore countries that are currently or have been areas of focus for the Simon-Skjodt Center.
What have we learned about the risk factors and warning signs of genocide?
The study of the Holocaust raises questions about how the world can recognize and respond to indications that a country is at risk for genocide or mass atrocity. While each genocide is unique, in most places where genocide occurs, there are common risk factors and warning signs.