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Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education

May 1, 2011 (Volume 1, Issue 5)

University of Northern Iowa

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 Volume 1  •  Issue 5  •  May 1, 2011


Now through June 4
Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum (Grout Museum District), Waterloo 
To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal, the Grout Museum District and the CHGE are sponsoring an exhibit, “Pursuing Justice: Nuremberg’s Legacy.” The exhibit was created by the Florida Holocaust Museum. Related events, including a presentation by Gregory S. Gordon, an expert in international humanitarian law and justice, and a film series on the Nuremberg Trials, have been organized. See a poster listing these events as well as information about the exhibit.

Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony
Tuesday, May 3, 7 p.m.
Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum (Grout Museum District), Waterloo 
The fifth annual Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony in the Cedar Valley will be organized around the theme of the 2011 Days of Remembrance (May 1-8), “Justice and Accountability in the Face of Genocide: What Have We Learned?” This event is free and open to the public. See a poster for this event.

Film Screening
Saturday, May 14, 1 p.m.
Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum (Grout Museum District), Waterloo 
In conjunction with the exhibit, “Pursuing Justice: Nuremberg’s Legacy” (see announcement above), the Academy Award-winning film “Judgment at Nuremberg” will be shown. One of the first films to be made about the Holocaust, “Judgment at Nuremberg” is a 1961 fictionalized account of 1947 Judges’ Trial, one of the twelve Subsequent Trials following the better-known Nuremberg International Military Tribunal. It was nominated for eleven Academy Awards and won two. Many of the big name actors who appeared in the film did so for a fraction of their usual salaries because they believed in the social importance of the project. This event is free and open to the public.

Teaching About the Holocaust and the Iowa Core Curriculum
Wednesday, June 15, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Innovative Teaching and Technology Center, UNI
Workshop funded and led by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for Iowa teachers of social studies.


Global Youth Connect began operating in August 1999 as a fully incorporated 501(c)3 non- profit organization. Over the past decade, GYC has “developed and implemented programs that are supporting and inspiring the passions and lives of youth and helping to create change on a wide variety of human rights and social justice issues around the world.” Over the past decade, GYC has organized 26 human rights training programs serving more than 625 young people around the world, including youth leaders from 15 differentcountries. In December 2010, GYC began a bi-monthly newsletter, Human Rights Learning & Action News.

The Anti-Defamation League’s A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute has numerous lists of recommended multicultural and anti-bias books for children. Under the category Prejudice and Discrimination are lists of age-appropriate books dealing with the Holocaust, human rights, bullying and name-calling, racism, anti-Semitism and religious discrimination, as well as many other topics.


The Memory of Holocaust, Fortified
Before the $45 million Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center opened here two years ago, there was some urgency in completing its 65,000-square-foot building, which now stands so incongruously monumental in the midst of Chicago’s suburban landscape. Read more...

Ivory Coast: Truth or Justice?
How effective are Truth and Reconciliation Commissions? This question rears its head again in Ivory Coast. The country’s new president, Allasane Ouattara, hopes that such a commission will restore the calm needed for a future of peace. At the same time, it could offer Ouattara the possibility of not having to appear in court. Read more...

Congo a Country of Rape and Ruin
Rape in Congo is widespread and often systematic. Despite a few high-profile prosecutions this year, activists say, impunity for rape is common and soldiers and civilians continue to rape without fear of retribution. Read more... 

Will Trials Bring Peace to DR Congo's Ituri Region?
The International Criminal Court (ICC) is holding daily hearings into the trials of three suspected Ituri warlords, after DR Congo sent four prisoners to testify as witnesses in the Hague in March. Ituri saw some of the most intense violence in DR Congo's successive wars, prompting the European Union and then the United Nations to send peacekeeping troops. Read more...

Sudan's Bashir Accepts “Responsibility” for Darfur War
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has said he accepts responsibility for the civil war in Darfur. In an interview, Mr Bashir said that, as president, he is responsible for everything which happens in Sudan. But he disputed the version of events offered by international media and the UN, saying the West was trying to vilify him. Read more...

U.S. Lawyer Is Barred From Rwanda Tribunal Work
Judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda removed Peter Erlinder, a law professor at William Mitchell College of Law in Minnesota, as the defense counsel for a major Rwandan genocide suspect because he had failed to travel to the court, which is based in Tanzania. Mr. Erlinder said he did not appear because he feared his life would be in danger from the Rwandan government even in Tanzania, nearly 500 miles away. Read more...

U.S. Trial Begins for Man Accused in Rwandan Genocide
A man accused of taking part in the 1994 Rwandan genocide is on trial in an immigration court in the United States. Eighty-four-year-old Lazare Kobagaya is accused of playing a role in the atrocities, and then lying about it to obtain U.S. citizenship in 2006. If convicted, Kobagaya's citizenship could be revoked and he could face deportation. Read more...

Bosnian War-Crimes Suspect in Court
A Washington State man faces extradition to his native Bosnia-Herzegovina on war-crimes charges. Edin Dzeko, 39, has been in federal detention since his arrest April 13 by U.S. marshals acting on an extradition request. The government of Bosnia and Herzegovina wants to try Dzeko for the 1993 killing of civilians and captured soldiers in the village of Trusina. The massacre was part of the ethnic violence that overtook the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Read more...

Child Soldier Rescuer Wins Rights Prize
Murhabazi Namegabe of the Democratic Republic of Congo was awarded the 2011 World's Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child. Some 3.2 million children around the world voted to give the prize this year to Namegabe, who over 20 years has waged "his dangerous struggle to free children forced to be child soldiers or sex slaves" in his homeland. Read more...

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