When I ask my students about their favorite historical topic, the answer is overwhelmingly the Holocaust. One of the reasons students find this topic fascinating is because it is very difficult to comprehend how millions of people could be murdered on the basis of their ethnicity. What many students fail to realize is that the Holocaust is not the only case of genocide although it is the one discussed the most in school.
The Confront Genocide section of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s website contains information about the definition and origin of the word genocide and detailed information about cases of genocide such as in Bosnia and Cambodia.The goal of the website is to prevent genocide and seek justice for past events.
- Students can look at the What Can I Do? section of the website to see how they can get involved with the effort to prevent genocide.
- Have students research a case of genocide and compare it to the Holocaust.