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Elie Wiesel’s Remarks at the Dedication of Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum
- Elie Wiesel
In “Elie Wiesel’s Remarks at the Dedication of Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum,” acclaimed author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel discusses the museum’s ability to memorialize the victims of the Holocaust and his hopes for its impact on the future.Pair “Elie Wiesel’s Remarks at the Dedication of Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum” with "Dark History Of Rwanda's Genocide Makes It Hard To Move On" and ask students to compare these two tragic events. What does Wiesel recommend following a tragedy such as genocide? Should the world move on? Why is it important to remember these moments in history?
President Clinton’s Remarks in Kigali on the Rwandan Genocide
- President Bill Clinton
In this 1998 speech, President Bill Clinton addresses leaders and citizens of Rwanda about the 1994 genocide and its aftermath, as well as the actions that must be taken to restore Rwanda.Pair “President Clinton’s Remarks in Kigali on the Rwandan Genocide” with “Dark History Of Rwanda’s Genocide Makes It Hard To Move On” to allow students to learn more about Rwanda’s genocide. How do Clinton’s words about moving forward compare to the reconciliation discussed in the interview with Louise Mushikiwabo?
The Leaders Who Ruined Africa and the Generation Who Can Fix It
- Fred Swaniker
In the speech “The Leaders Who Ruined Africa and the Generation Who Can Fix it,” Fred Swaniker discusses Africa’s past leaders and his hopes for its future leaders.Pair “Dark History of Rwanda’s Genocide” with “The Leaders Who Ruined Africa and the Generation Who Can Fix It” and ask students to discuss the different examples of leadership in Africa that are explored in the two texts. How have leaders been responsible for chaos and success in Africa? What concerns does the interviewer voice in “Dark History of Rwanda’s Genocide” regarding leadership in Africa? How does this compare to Swaniker’s depiction of leadership in Africa?
Bag of Bones
- Dunya Mikhail
“Bag of Bones” is a poem that questions tragedy and death when a mass grave is unearthed.Pair “Dark History of Rwanda’s Genocide” with “Bag of Bones” and ask students to discuss how this poem could be representative of the experiences of those who survived the Rwandan genocide. How does Mikhail’s poem reflect grappling with the difficult questions that remain after mass atrocities?
War in Sudan
- Jessica McBirney
In this informational text, Jessica McBirney discusses the causes and effects of armed conflicts that have gone on for decades in Sudan and South Sudan.Pair “Dark History of Rwanda’s Genocide” with “War in Sudan” to provide students information about two genocides that are often likened to each other. What are some similarities between the genocide in Rwanda and the genocide in Darfur? What are the differences? Having read about the tragedies in Rwanda and in Sudan, do you think justice is more important or reconciliation? Do you think justice and reconciliation can be achieved together? Why or why not?
Does the Justice System Neglect Forgiveness?
- Oriel FeldmanHall and Peter Sokol-Hessner
In the informational text “Does the Justice System Neglect Forgiveness?” Oriel FeldmanHall and Peter Sokol-Hessner discuss how restorative justice may be more favorable to punishment.Pair “Dark History Of Rwanda’s Genocide” with “Does the Justice System Neglect Forgiveness?” to provide students with additional information about the Rwandan genocide. Ask students to discuss how Rwanda is recovering from their painful past. Why is reconciliation an important part of their recovery?