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April 17, 1998
The 20th century is easily the bloodiest century on record in terms of concentrated attempts to wipe out large numbers of people. Below is a list of some of this century's most horrible genocides. 1915: Ottoman Turks kill more than 1 million Armenians. 1930s: Josef Stalin orchestrates a campaign that erases 15-20 million people in Russia and Ukraine. 1939-45: Adolf Hitler employs genocide as an adjunct of his war effort, culminating in the "final solution," which leads to the deaths of 6 million Jews and at least 3 million others.
NEWS
October 18, 2007
When Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) rose to the highest office in the U.S. House of Representatives and the third highest in the land, she was obliged to set priorities that are in the nation's best interest. She can do just that by pulling a very ill-timed resolution from a full House vote. Former backers are running away from it in droves, as they should. The nonbinding resolution would have labeled as genocide the 1915-1923 slaughter of up to 1.5 million Armenians in what is now called Turkey.
NEWS
July 22, 2004
Let's call it what it is: genocide. The targeting of black ethnic groups in Sudan's Darfur region - fomented by the Sudanese government - is genocide. The fighting started after some rebels in Darfur began fighting government forces. It has gone well beyond a political battle, though. The government of Sudan struck back by arming and supporting Arab nomadic militias known as the Janjaweed. Thousands of civilians have been murdered, raped and displaced by these militias.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 2007 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Capt. Brian Steidle, USMC, trained to shoot guns, not pictures. But in the killing fields of Darfur, the American soldier-turned-African Union observer found that a camera was his most effective weapon. During 2004, Steidle photographed the carnage wrought by Sudanese Arab militias, or "Janjaweed" ("devil on horseback"), against the mostly black villagers in the Darfur region. Over 200,000 civilians have been killed and millions more displaced. Steidle accumulated conclusive evidence of genocide.
NEWS
July 12, 2008
RE MINISTER Meritazon's recent op-ed on reparations: First off, sir, study your history before sticking your hand out for something no one alive today was responsible for that happened 300 years ago. The rich African war lords enslaved their own people, then figured a way to make even more money by selling them to anyone willing to pay. Second, don't you know that men, women and children are still forced into slavery every day in...
NEWS
November 27, 2002 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
The films of Atom Egoyan are an angular kind of survival guide. He is preoccupied with how people survive the passing of loved ones, how from death they reap meaning in life. In The Sweet Hereafter (1997) and Exotica (1994), Egoyan was less interested in probing the raw wounds of grief than in exploring how the living break through the fog of sorrow. The result: contemplative and lyrical films that make visible the invisible process of healing. It sounds paradoxical, but Ararat, the latest movie from the Canadian director of Armenian descent, is politically Egoyan's most personal film and emotionally his most distant.
NEWS
July 30, 1998
It is an outrage that the United States is trying to hobble efforts to create an International Criminal Court with power to try cases of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The U.S. obsession is that such a court somehow, some day, might try a U.S. citizen. Forgive our heresy, but if an American did commit genocide, why not? Not many people have been falsely accused of trying to wipe out a race or ethnic group. Or are the people who say things like "Hitler didn't do it" to be taken seriously?
NEWS
November 5, 1988 | From Inquirer Wire Services
More than four decades after the horror of the Holocaust, President Reagan yesterday signed legislation making genocide a crime under U.S. law, marking the end of a 40-year struggle to implement a treaty first endorsed by President Harry S. Truman. The measure, which Reagan signed in a ceremony at O'Hare International Airport, adds the United States to a list of 95 countries that have approved the United Nations pact. The treaty makes genocide - the deliberate destruction of a specific population - punishable under U.S. law and sets stern penalties for violators.
NEWS
May 5, 2016
By James Waller Zalman Gradowski, a Jew from Luna in the district of Grodno, on the border of Lithuania and Poland (present-day Belarus), arrived in Auschwitz on the morning of Dec. 8, 1942. Upon arrival, his mother, wife, two sisters, brother-in-law, and father-in-law were taken immediately to the gas chambers. Gradowski, an able-bodied man, was assigned to the Sonderkommando squad, the prisoners who serviced the crematoria by pulling out the bodies, plundering the corpses, burning the remains, and disposing of the ashes.
NEWS
December 18, 2011 | By Suzan Fraser, Associated Press
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey's prime minister on Saturday sharply criticized France for a bill that would make it a crime to deny that the World War I-era mass killing of Armenians was genocide. Saying France should investigate what he claimed was its own "dirty and bloody history" in Algeria and Rwanda, Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted Turkey would respond "through all kinds of diplomatic means. " Historians estimate that as many as 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks as their empire collapsed, an event many international experts regard as genocide and that France recognized as such in 2001.
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NEWS
May 18, 2016
ISSUE | HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL A reminder to stop all genocide As a Jewish American, I was heartened to learn of the plans for a Holocaust Memorial Park, including the 1964 sculpture at 16th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway ("Never, ever forgotten," Thursday). To me, the three famous questions of the renowned Jewish thinker Hillel are germane: 1. If I am not for myself, who will be for me? The proposed memorial, and many similar efforts nationwide, should serve as a living reminder that never again should Jews be threatened or killed, or allow ourselves to be. 2. But if I am only for myself, who am I?
NEWS
May 5, 2016
ISSUE | GENOCIDE Hate-speech ad It is outrageous that the Inquirer published an advertisement paid for by the Turkic Platform promoting denial of the Armenian genocide. The full-page, color ad ran on April 20, during the week that people around the world commemorate Turkey's genocide of millions of Armenians, Greeks, and Assyrians from 1915 to 1923. By printing this ad, the Inquirer allowed itself to be caught up in the increasingly aggressive campaign of genocide denial waged by the Turkish government and its surrogates.
NEWS
May 5, 2016
By James Waller Zalman Gradowski, a Jew from Luna in the district of Grodno, on the border of Lithuania and Poland (present-day Belarus), arrived in Auschwitz on the morning of Dec. 8, 1942. Upon arrival, his mother, wife, two sisters, brother-in-law, and father-in-law were taken immediately to the gas chambers. Gradowski, an able-bodied man, was assigned to the Sonderkommando squad, the prisoners who serviced the crematoria by pulling out the bodies, plundering the corpses, burning the remains, and disposing of the ashes.
NEWS
December 28, 2015 | By Robert P. George, Mary Ann Glendon and Katrina Lantos Swett
For Christians across the nation and globe, the Christmas season is about glad tidings of joy and peace. But we must not forget that what accompanied the birth of Jesus - the "reason for the season" - was anything but joyful: King Herod's slaughter of male infants in Bethlehem. Today, 20 centuries later, Christians along with other religious communities in Syria and Iraq, including Yazidis, Shi'a, Turkmen, and Shabak, face a new Middle East tyrant in ISIS. But unlike Herod, whose real aim was to destroy one child among thousands, ISIS's goal is to obliterate the communities themselves.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Armenian genocide has been shrouded in silence for a century. Undertaken in 1915 by the Ottoman Empire, the systematic extermination of the predominantly Christian ethnic group led to 1.5 million deaths. While the genocide was depicted by Hollywood as early as 1919 in Ravished Armenia , it has been ignored by filmmakers, with the notable exception of Atom Egoyan's Ararat (2002). It was welcome news when one of Europe's leading cinematic lights, Turkish German director Fatih Akin ( Head On , The Edge of Heaven )
NEWS
July 31, 2015 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
"THE LOOK of Silence" follows up on the disturbing documentary "The Art of Killing" - the latter Oscar-nominated, but viewed by some as morally queasy. Joshua Oppenheimer's original film invited perpetrators of the mass genocide that occured in 1960s Indonesia to re-enact their crimes in front of the camera. Many did, with disturbing enthusiasm. Detractors said that Oppenheimer had turned a horrifing historic incident into an abstraction and an art project - fair points. In response, Oppenheimer said that by asking the killers to play to the camera instead of pretending it wasn't there, he got them to reveal more than conventional journalistic questioning would have elicited.
NEWS
July 17, 2015
BLACK PEOPLE using the Confederate battle flag to promote their cause - a smart attention-grabber, or out of bounds? On a large poster outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center from Monday through Wednesday, smack in the face of 3,000 people attending the 106th Annual NAACP Convention, was the rebel flag, the same one recently hauled down by South Carolina. Given what was going on inside, the poster shrieked. The flag was the left panel of two condemning abortion. The right panel depicted a 10-week-old aborted fetus.
NEWS
June 12, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
ANYWHERE IN the world where injustice reared its ugly head, it wouldn't have been surprising to find Sheri Rosenberg there, fighting it. Sheri roamed the world lecturing on human-rights law and spoke tirelessly about the evils of genocide and the plight of all victims of intolerance. Much of her motivation stemmed from the fact that her late father, Marcus Rosenberg, survived the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz as a child, and her mother, Ann Pappenheim, escaped Vienna in 1939, a year after the Nazis took over.
NEWS
April 30, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
  At the front of the Abramson Center for Jewish Life synagogue on Monday, 8-year-old Isabella Chelder learned that Ester Auerbach lost everything when she was about Isabella's age. The Nazis turned Auerbach's community into a ghetto. They took her from her parents, and she never saw them again. About 100 people gathered at the center in North Wales for a ceremony to remember the millions of Jews who were imprisoned or murdered during the Holocaust. "We are all survivors today," Rabbi Josh Zlochower said.
NEWS
April 19, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOWER MERION Five years ago, Abri Bernstein's mother took her to see a grim documentary called The Devil Came on Horseback, about war, famine, and genocide in a remote land 6,500 miles away, the troubled Darfur region of Sudan. Bernstein was a 13-year-old seventh grader in Harrisburg at the time, but after what she saw, she said, she had to do something. "Being Jewish and having distant relatives who were killed in the Holocaust, it bothered me that genocide was happening," she recalled.
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