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

Film Screening:
“Defying Genocide"
Damas Gisimba poses for a portrait at Gisimba Memorial, an orphanage in Kigali, Rwanda, in April 2014. <i>Laura Elizabeth Pohl for the US Holocaust Memorial Museum</i>
Damas Gisimba poses for a portrait at Gisimba Memorial, an orphanage in Kigali, Rwanda, in April 2014. Laura Elizabeth Pohl for the US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Screening Times
11:05 a.m., 12:35 p.m., and 3:45 p.m.

This 19-minute film explores what it takes to defy genocide through two stories, one about the Holocaust and the other about the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

Please note, screening times at the Museum are subject to change.

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Jeremy Mendelson

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Cases: Rwanda
In 100 days, from April to July 1994, between 500,000 and one million Rwandans, predominantly Tutsis, were massacred when a Hutu extremist–led government launched a plan to wipe out the country’s entire Tutsi minority and any others who opposed its policies.
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Preventing Genocide
The Museum’s Center for the Prevention of Genocide (CPG) works to prevent genocide by studying how and why it occurs, by raising public awareness about genocide, and by building political will among leaders to respond.
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Holocaust Encyclopedia: What is Genocide?
The term "genocide" did not exist before 1944. It is a very specific term, referring to violent crimes committed against groups with the intent to destroy the existence of the group.
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Holocaust Encyclopedia: Rwanda: The First Conviction for Genocide
At the time of the Nuremberg trials, there was no legal concept of "genocide." On September 2, 1998, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (a court established by the United Nations) issued the world's first conviction for the defined crime of genocide after trial before an international tribunal.
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