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“Ethnic Memories in Post-Genocide Rwanda: The Prospects for Peaceful Cohabitation”: A talk with Rene Lemarchand, 3/7/06

March 7, 2006IASEvents0

Speaker: Rene Lemarchand, University of Florida (emeritus) Facilitator: Michele Wagner (History) Looking at both the Holocaust and the Genocide in Rwanda immediately raises the problem of comparison. The sense of revulsion inspired by mass murder on such an appalling scale is no reason to gloss over the singularity of each catastrophe. However, while points of convergence between the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide are undeniable, to treat Rwanda as a carbon copy of the Holocaust is likely to obscure its historical specificity and regional context, and ultimately to a misunderstanding of the motivations behind the killings. While many of the Jewish survivors of the Holocaust departed Europe after 1945, both Tutsis and Hutus are faced, for the most part, with attempting to live together after genocide. Professor Lemarchand’s talk will focus on how this reconciliation may be possible. Cosponsored by The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, The Department of French and Italian, The Department of History, and The Minnesota Population Center.

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