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Holocaust and Genocide Studies

This Libguide focuses on Holocaust and Genocide Studies materials.


The purpose of this guide 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 guide provides links to video and audio testimonies of survivors and witnesses to the various crimes against humanity presented here.

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.

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?"