The Similarities And Differences Between Rwanda And The Holocaust

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“Genocide is the responsibility of the entire world.” -Ann Clwyd. Genocide is defined as the deliberate killing of a large group of people. especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation. A genocide is process of which is goes through eight steps. These eight steps include classification, symbolization, dehumanization, organization, polarization, preparation, extermination, and denial. Looking at the similarities and differences between Rwanda and the Holocaust can be beneficial for understanding the horror both ethnic groups experienced.
Both the Rwandans and the Jews experienced classification. Classification is defined as distinguishing people into different categories based solely on ethnicity, race, or gender. The Rwandans were
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Extermination in a genocide is understood as the mass killing legally and the killers believe their victims are not fully human which is where the term extermination comes from. The Hutus Militia were sent in to kill. Gunshots were everywhere and it was seen everywhere a Rwandan man ending another Rwandan man’s live with a machete, grenade, club, or grenade. The worst was the raping of young girls and women. They were deeply beaten and taking advantage of multiple times until death. All of this killing lasted for one hundred days until millions of bodies were found lying on the ground. (“The Media and the Rwandan Genocide” 148-364) Similarly,The Jews were killing in the same amount of horrible ways. They were tricked into thinking they were taking a shower but were really sent into gas chambers that poison was poured into. It was said the smell and sight the smoke of the dead bodies was overtaking. Other ways of their death was the SS officers taking it into their own hands to kill the Jews around them with guns, beating, or simply hanging them. (Night 54-111) Both genocides went through horrible experiences when it came to extermination and it shows how inhumane people can see each other during tragedies like these. These two genocides experienced denial in similar and different way like extermination. Denial with a genocide is defined by the perpetrators and witness of the genocide doing everything they can to cover up the evidence of it even happening. With the Rwandan genocide, witnesses and perpetrators called it a “Civil War” and denied hearing anything about it. For example, a citizen of Rwanda was questioned about listening to the radio and hearing all the things about the killing and acted like they did not even own a radio. (“The Media and the Rwandan Genocide” 131-133) Furthermore, with the Holocaust, citizens claimed not to know anything that had

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