Since Raphael Lemkin coined the term genocide after the destruction of the European Jews during WWII, the United Nations signed the Genocide Convention in 1948. Though this convention served the prevention of genocide in the future, large scale mass murder returned on all continents, the genocide in Cambodia and Rwanda as some of the most notorious cases.
Genocidal processes are complex and deeply rooted in society. International courts and tribunals play in increasing role in bringing suspected perpetrators to justice. To deal with the Holocaust and other genocides in the classroom, reliable knowledge about the courses of history is needed. This guidebook offers concise information about five 20th Century cases of genocide as well as international justice. By relevant use of illustrations and references, and by using the most recent literature, this guidebook should help teachers in providing insight in processes of genocide
Maria van Haperen is a journalist and teacher affiliated with the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies.