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September 26, 2016
In the face of human rights violations, indifference can sometimes be a default response. It is often easiest to be indifferent – to keep one’s head down. But indifference is not a neutral response. It contributes to an environment where perpetrators act without fear of intervention or...
January 26, 2015
On 27 January 1945, Soviet forces liberated Auschwitz, the horrific Nazi concentration camp where over a million people were murdered during the Holocaust (the vast majority of which were Jews). In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly established January 27 of each year as an International Day...
November 21, 2014
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In 2008, Canada’s parliament designated the fourth Saturday of every November as ‘Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (“Holodomor”) Memorial Day’.  This day recognizes the 1932-33 famine in Soviet-controlled Ukraine that was deliberately caused by Josef Stalin’s regime in an attempt to destroy Ukrainian...
April 25, 2014
This year, Sunday April 27 marks the beginning of Yom ha-Shoah—a day devoted to the memory of the Holocaust 1. As such, I would like to take this opportunity to discuss an object the Canadian Museum for Human Rights recently acquired—a Yiddish poem from the Holocaust, written on January 13, 1943 by...
November 19, 2013
On September 27 and 28, 2013, I had the opportunity to attend a conference in Toronto called “Contextualizing the Holodomor”, which was held to mark the 80th anniversary of the 1932-1933 famine-genocide in Ukraine.  The conference was organized by the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (...
November 15, 2013
During and after the First World War, the leaders of the Ottoman Empire (the forerunner of the modern-day Republic of Turkey) made a brutal attempt to destroy the empire’s entire Armenian population. The victims were massacred or forced on death marches through the desert. Approximately one and a...
June 18, 2013
“If you are with us, we'll feed you; if not, we'll kill you." This is what former Guatemalan President Rios Montt reportedly said to an audience of indigenous Guatemalans in 1982.  The president kept his promise. During Guatemala’s 36-year civil war, 200,000 people (mostly Indigenous) were...
April 2, 2013
Last month, I travelled to Yerevan, Armenia to meet with people from the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute (AGMI). They’re working to raise greater awareness of a horrific genocide that saw the murder of 1.5 million people during the final years of the Ottoman Empire. Men, women and children –...
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