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As the Nuremberg Trials drew to a close in 1946, Lord Hartley Shawcross famously stated: “There comes a point when a man must refuse to answer to his leader if he is also to answer to his own conscience”. He was, of course, referring to the political power wielded by the Nazi regime. However, he was also making a clear statement on the actions of those who turned a blind eye to genocide. Many of whom were everyday folk, who may not have agreed with Hitler’s actions, but also feared retaliation. Their own lives at risk if they dared to challenge the status quo.
Following World War Two, politicians and institutions rallied behind a commitment of ‘never again’; with the horrors of the Holocaust never to be repeated. However, since then we have had multiple genocides, from Cambodia to Somalia, Burundi, Chechnya and Bosnia to name but a few. And despite commitments made in 1946, education around genocide remains largely absent in our schools and universities.
Narratives of Modern Genocide attempts to begin the process of bringing individual stories and accounts into the light. And in doing so provides us all with a timely reminder of how hate can lead to genocide, war and abuse. While at the same time, speaking directly to the need for governments to provide safety and opportunity to those fleeing persecution and hate. A message that is both timely and urgent, given the state of global politics and increasing global nationalism.
However, the documentary also needs more time to explore the personal accounts it brings to the screen. While simultaneously, delving deeper into the causes of genocide, and the worlds continuing slow response to crimes against humanity. However, this does not distract from the powerful messages Narratives of Modern Genocide aims to deliver, or the urgency of its call for education.
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