Helping Genocide Survivors
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.
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What I’d like to add is that for some reasons, genocide perpetrators have to be strong. They have to have friends all over the world. So there is a big movement right now—today, for instance, of neo-Nazism. There is a big movement of divisionism. There is a big movement of negationism and so on. So, I think that the survivors of genocide have to be empowered, because there isn’t anybody speaking for them. They cannot even talk about their experience, because the people who kill them, the people who are responsible for their plight, are the ones who have—they have forums where they can express their hate ideology. So this really, to me, is frustrating, because I think that the world should give more support to the victims than to the people who are responsible for their plight.
It’s not a new phenomenon, but as I said, it is becoming stronger. For some reason, there is some kind of solidarity among people who committed those crimes. Today, for instance, on the Internet you have many Internet sites where people—they post their hatred, where they demonize and they keep dehumanizing victims. They’re proving that they will never accept that what they did is wrong, so they keep thinking that the victims were the ones responsible for their own genocide. So it is really a very sad phenomenon to see that this hate should continue; to see also people that would continue to support groups like those who preach hate and also who want to eliminate other groups because they’re different from them.