Academic journal article Shofar

Century of Genocide: Eyewitness Accounts and Critical Reviews, Edited by Samuel Totten, William S. Parsons, and Israel W. Charny

Academic journal article Shofar

Century of Genocide: Eyewitness Accounts and Critical Reviews, Edited by Samuel Totten, William S. Parsons, and Israel W. Charny

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Century of Genocide: Eyewitness Accounts and Critical Reviews, edited by Samuel Totten, William S. Parsons, and Israel W. Charny

This edited volume comprises brief analyses and overviews including pertinent eyewitness accounts of fourteen cases of genocide and mass destruction. Israel W. Chamy, Executive Director of the Jerusalem-based Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide, wrote the Foreword, while Samuel Totten, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and William S. Parsons, Chief of Staff for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, wrote the Introduction. Charny, Totten, and Parsons are scholars and veteran activists. For over a decade they have made significant contributions to the literature on the understanding and prevention of genocide.

Among the contributors and their topics are Jon Bridgman and Leslie J. Worley on the Hereros of South West Africa (1904), Rouben P. Adalian on the Armenian Genocide (1915-1923), James P. Mace on mass starvation in the Ukraine during the Stalinist collectivization period (1932-1933), Lyman H. Legters on the deportation and destruction of soviet nationalities, Donald L. Niewyk on the Holocaust of the European Jews (1933-1945), Sybil Milton on the Holocaust of the Gypsies (1933-1945), Hugh Gregory Gallagher on the Nazi "euthanasia" campaign against disabled persons (1939-1945), Robert Cribb on the Indonesian massacres (1965-1966), Ben Kiernan on Cambodia (1975-1979), Robert K. Hitchcock and Tara M. Twedt on the physical and cultural destruction of indigenous peoples, and Steven L. Burg, in an Afterword on Bosnia-Herzegovina, on the link between genocide and ethnic war.

The scholarly and analytical contributions vary in scope and quality, as might be expected from an edited volume; nevertheless, for the most part they are informative and of high quality. …

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