Genocide Awareness Month Resources Launching Tomorrow

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 5:00pm






Sisters Cuilan Yi and Lanying Yi, survivors of the Nanjing Massacre


Just a few days before the start of Genocide Awareness Month in April, USC Shoah Foundation will launch a new mini-site dedicated to commemorating the six genocides represented in the Visual History Archive.

Genocide Awareness Month aims to honor the survivors and victims of genocides around the world - many of which have major anniversaries in the month of April.

The mini-site will include an interactive version of a portrait taken by photographer David Strick last year. The photo depicts five survivors whose have given their testimony to the Visual History Archive, each from a different genocide: Armenia, the Holocaust, Rwanda, Cambodia and Guatemala.

Blog posts written by USC Shoah Foundation staff will also be compiled on the site. These blogs cover a variety of topics from visiting Auschwitz to teaching about genocide - illustrating the many ways that testimony and the Visual History Archive can have a powerful affect on remembering and learning about genocide.

Educators will also find resources for teaching about Genocide Awareness Month, from lessons and classroom activities to testimony clip playlists about Auschwitz and the Armenian Genocide. A new playlist will also feature testimony clips illustrating the "Pyramid of Hate," which lists the steps, beginning with Prejudiced Attitudes, that lead to genocide and genocide denial.

Finally, visitors to the site can connect with USC Shoah Foundation through its social media channels. Join the conversation with #GenocideAwarenessMonth and share how testimony inspires you to learn from the past to help create a better future.