Reading of Names

Reading aloud the names of those who have perished due to genocide is a powerful exercise of remembrance.  How does one comprehend the loss of 6 million Jews, or 3 million Cambodians, or 1 million Rwandans?  Such statistics numb the senses.  Reading the names of the victims of genocide, therefore, not only provides a way to humanize these statistics, but it also provides dignity to those who have perished.  Too often these victims have no graves, no personalized tombstones that we can visit to pay our respects.  We will therefore honor the memory of thousands of victims by reading their names and the genocide they perished in. 

 

                                           Mary Tenkerian - Armenia          

          Bernhard Peters - Holocaust

                                            Munir Mustafic - Bosnia  

                                     Yves Mugisha - Rwanda

Roman Sic Alvarado - Guatemala

                                      Ibrahim Abdelkarim - Darfur

Nguyen Pho - Cambodia


We will do this by inviting faculty, staff, administrators, and students to participate in this day long activity throughout the conference with the hope that it will also invoke within the reader a sense of responsibility to themselves and the role they can play in society to prevent genocide from reoccurring.

 

Names of Victims by Genocide

Putting together lists of names is no easy task when you seek to include a broad range of genocides.  Depending on the genocide, some web pages may list thousands of names or no names at all.  The lists below have been gathered together through online documents and are continually being updated as more sources are discovered.  Our goal is to accumulate approximately 5,000 names to read during the conference.

 

Argentina Armenia Bosnia
Cambodia Darfur East Timor
Guatemala Roma Sinti Holocaust Rwanda
Shoah All Names Randomly Sorted (.doc) South Sudan

 

While the names are being read, a photo essay will detail individual genocides throughout world history.  (These presentations are free to use, but please cite their author as Tim Kelly, West Valley College.)

 

Defining and Explaining Genocide Ancient World Genocides Warrior Genocides (Mongols and the Crusades)
Spanish Conquest and Native American Genocide California Native American Genocide Armenia
Holodomor America and the Holocaust Cambodia
Guatemala Bosnia East Timor
Rwanda Sudan (Darfur and South Sudan)

Additional Resources:

Holocaust PowerPoints from U.S. Holocaust Museum

 

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