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The Methodology of Genocide

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Title

The Methodology of Genocide

Subject

Genocide.

Description

Oral history video clip featuring Gregory Stanton, the Director of Genocide Watch. 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

1999-09-08

Contributor

Stanton, Gregory

Relation

G36-00053
Tape number: 4062E

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Proctor, Cecily

Interviewee

Stanton, Gregory

Transcription

I think it’s both. And the reason I say that is because I believe that genocide can only happen when the people have resentments that lie deep within them, that are then exploited and mobilized by the leaders. The leaders take those resentments, turn them into hatreds, and create genocide. Genocide wouldn’t happen if it weren’t mobilized by leaders. But it also couldn’t happen if the people wouldn’t follow those leaders. And so you have the phenomenon of the willing executioner of the Germans, who followed Hitler, who went and worked in the concentration camps and worked in the SS, who worked in the police forces. You have the phenomenon of the literally hundreds of thousands of Cambodians who participated in that genocide, of the literally hundreds of thousands of Rwandans who committed murder in Rwanda. And so it is—it’s something which is precipitated by leadership, but comes up from resentments that are present in the people. So although it looks chaotic on the surface, it’s actually structured. And although it may look, at the time you’re looking at it, as though it’s furious and insane, actually the killers are very often very cold-blooded and very methodical. Probably the most extreme case of that was the Holocaust, in which they really actually set up factories to kill people. But the roadblocks in Rwanda were also very methodical. They set up the roadblocks along the roads, and every car that came by, they methodically took all the people out and had them produce their identification cards. And if the identification card said Tutsi, you were taken away and you had a machete taken to the back of your neck, and you were slaughtered very methodically, very cold-bloodedly. So that sort of cold-bloodedness is very characteristic of genocide, also.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

3:18

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “The Methodology of Genocide,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed May 20, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/755.