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Holocaust and Genocide Studies

This Libguide focuses on Holocaust and Genocide Studies materials.


The purpose of this LibGuide is to assist users on how to find Holocaust and Genocide Studies materials.  The user will find suggested books and other scholarly resources on the Holocaust and other genocides.  Moreover, this LibGuide provides links to video and audio testimonies of survivors and witnesses to the various crimes against humanity presented here.

This LibGuide hopes to serve a variety of academic disciplines and departments.  This LibGuide is intended to assist both undergraduate and graduate students, teaching faculty, and researchers; it also is meant to reach out to the greater community of learners.  It can provide resources for Africana Studies; Anthropology; Art; Asian and Asian American Studies; Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature; English; European Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Hispanic Langiage and Literature; History; Philosophy; Political Science; Sociology; and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. 

The Holocaust and Genocide Studies LibGuide focuses on 8 genocides:

1) Armenian Genocide; 2) Cambodian Genocide; 3) Central African Republic Conflict; 4) European Holocaust; 5) Guatemalan Genocide; 6) Nanjing Massacre; 7) Rwandan Genocide; 8) South Sudan Civil War.

In this LibGuide, the user also can find links to resources outside of Stony Brook University Libraries.  For example, the user may gain access to the USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive (ProQuest) as a guest at another university library that offers access to it.

Inspiration for this Holocaust and Genocide Studies LibGuide

In his introductory remarks for a 12 June 2002 interview between Ted Koppel and Romeo Dallaire, Jerry Fowler says, " In his book about Rwanda, journalist Philip Gourevitch describes an encounter he had in Kigali with an American military intelligence officer some time after the genocide. The American tells Gourevitch that he has heard that Gourevitch is interested in genocide and he says, “Do you know what genocide is? A cheese sandwich. Write that down,” he tells Gourevitch, “Genocide is a cheese sandwich.”

"And Gourevitch asks him what he means by that. “What does anyone care about a cheese sandwich?” the man responds. “Genocide, genocide, genocide. Cheese sandwich, cheese sandwich, cheese sandwich. Who gives a shit? Crimes against humanity? Where is humanity? Who is humanity? You? Me? Did you see a crime committed against you? Hey, just a million Rwandans.”

“Did you ever hear about the genocide convention?” he asks Gourevitch. Gourevitch says that he has. “That convention,” the man says, “is good for wrapping a cheese sandwich.”

"I think the question we all have to ask ourselves is whether we want to live in a world where that man is right or one where that man is wrong? Right or wrong?"