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
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.
|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|
|Rwanda||Sudan (Darfur and South Sudan)|
Holocaust PowerPoints from U.S. Holocaust Museum