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March 15, 2018
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1 p.m.

US Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024

Is the Worst Yet to Come?
Public Program
A man walks on rubble at a damaged site after an air strike on February 9, 2018, in the besieged town of Douma in the Eastern Ghouta area of Damascus, Syria. <i>Bassam Khabieh/Reuters</i>
A man walks on rubble at a damaged site after an air strike on February 9, 2018, in the besieged town of Douma in the Eastern Ghouta area of Damascus, Syria. Bassam Khabieh/Reuters

The Museum invites you to a commemorative event examining ongoing atrocities against civilians and highlighting the strength and resilience of the Syrian people in the face of these crimes. Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster, US National Security Advisor, will provide a keynote address.

The seven years of violence in Syria have cost the lives of nearly 500,000 Syrians and displaced more than 13 million people—more than half the population—in the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. Syrians are the victims of widespread atrocities and crimes against humanity. During the first months of 2018, Syrians have experienced an escalation of violence from multiple actors, with civilians continuing to bear the brunt of the conflict. A panel of Syrian and diaspora leaders will discuss how Syrian civil society is responding to the violence and anticipate what might come next.

Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster,
US National Security Advisor

Dr. Samer Attar,
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Northwestern Medicine, Member, Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS)
Rafif Jouejati, Co-Founder and Director, FREE-Syria
Radi Saad, Volunteer, Chemical Weapons Team, Syria Civil Defense (White Helmets)
Irene Weiss, Holocaust survivor and Museum volunteer

Learn more about the conflict in Syria at

Tune in live at and join the conversation on social media using #Syria and #USHMM.

Janelle Johnson Roberts

Please note that the Museum may be recording and photographing this event. By your presence you consent to the Museum's use of your image.

Confront Genocide
The Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide is dedicated to stimulating timely global action to prevent genocide and to catalyze an international response when genocide does occur.
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Since its outbreak in March 2011, the conflict in Syria has cost the lives of more than 400,000 people, displaced millions more, and involved numerous atrocities and crimes against humanity.
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Syria's White Helmets: Saving Humanity
The Syrian regime has targeted its own people for nearly six years. More than 400,000 Syrians have been killed. The White Helmets believe that by saving one life they save all of humanity.
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Save Syria
During the summer of 2016, Syrian American doctors from Chicago spent three weeks in eastern Aleppo attempting to save the lives of the city’s residents. They spoke to us about their experiences there.
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Syria's Lost Generation
From March through September 2013, photojournalist Elena Dorfman was on assignment in Beirut, Lebanon, photographing Syrian refugees for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She was drawn to teenagers as her subjects.
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Evidence of Atrocities in Syria
View photos that former Syrian military photographer Caesar smuggled out of his country as evidence of the government’s crimes against its own people.
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