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The United States and Genocide

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Title

The United States and Genocide

Subject

Genocide.
United States.

Description

Oral history video clip featuring John Loftus, president of the Florida Holocaust Museum. This video was originally produced by Media Entertainment, Inc., for the 2000 documentary The Genocide Factor.

Creator

Media Entertainment, Inc.

Source

Genocide Factor Collection, Oral History Program, Tampa Library,
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

Publisher

Tampa, Fla. : University of South Florida Tampa Library.

Date

1999-04-23

Contributor

Loftus, John

Relation

G36-00064
Tape number: 4000H

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewee

Loftus, John

Transcription

All of us agreed at the end of World War II that here was a clear standard, that there are certain international crimes that anyone is allowed to prosecute. Piracy is one, and war crimes is another, and that’s been well accepted in many forms of international law. And we made that concrete at Nuremburg, that these crimes are so horrible that the whole world has jurisdiction over them, because we have to stop them. I don’t think there’s any great fear of going into a new world order or international police force or a super-NATO army. I think what we simply have to do is recognize that every nation in the world has an obligation to prevent genocide. We Americans haven’t been very good at that. We didn’t ratify the genocide treaty until a few years ago. Isn’t that embarrassing? And even then, it’s not retroactive. So the next time Hitler comes back, we’ll be ready. What does that mean? It’s just absurd. We can’t put any Nazis in jail in America. You can only deport them to another country, where hopefully they’ll stand trial. Americans have a long history of covering up genocide. I’ll give you an example, World War I. Our State Department was negotiating with the Turkish government for oil rights, and there was an embarrassing problem that Congress was thinking of holding hearings on the Armenian genocide: a terrible, terrible crime. So the State Department assigned one young man named Allen Dulles to head off the congressional investigations. All of Dulles’ paperwork has now been declassified, and Dulles wrote that he could probably bury the evidence of genocide, but it’s going to be different because there was so much evidence of the Turkish crimes against the Armenians. And oil was more important. We have to get our values straight. I think we have to realize that, as parents, we have a common bond in us. You know, we can’t allow anybody’s kid to be treated that way, because sooner or later it might be our own.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

2:38

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “The United States and Genocide,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed August 5, 2020, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/588.