Forgotten Genocides: Oblivion, Denial, and Memory

TitleForgotten Genocides: Oblivion, Denial, and Memory
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsLemarchand, René
Number of Pages190
PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Unlike the Holocaust, Rwanda, Cambodia, or Armenia, scant attention has been paid to the human tragedies analyzed in this book. From German Southwest Africa (now Namibia), Burundi, and eastern Congo to Tasmania, Tibet, and Kurdistan, from the mass killings of the Roma by the Nazis to the extermination of the Assyrians in Ottoman Turkey, the mind reels when confronted with the inhuman acts that have been consigned to oblivion. Forgotten Genocides gathers eight essays about genocidal conflicts that are unremembered and, as a consequence, understudied. While each genocide is unique in its circumstances and motives, the essays in this volume explain that deliberate concealment and manipulation of the facts by the perpetrators are more often the rule than the exception, and that memory often tends to distort the past and blame the victims while exonerating the killers. 

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