KINDRED GROUPS URGING FIGHT AGAINST GENOCIDE.Byline: BRAD A. GREENBERG Staff Writer
Before Adolph Hitler began to wipe out Europe's Jews, gays and Gypsies, he argued that Nazi Germany's brutality would escape global condemnation.
``Who still talks nowadays of the extermination extermination
mass killing of animals or other pests. Implies complete destruction of the species or other group. of the Armenians?'' Hitler asked his commanding generals in 1939, The New York Times reported at the end of World War II End of World War II can refer to:
The first genocide of the 20th century -- the killing of 1 million to 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turks in 1915 -- is viewed by scholars as a precursor to the Holocaust that erased 6 million Jews.
In Los Angeles, which has among the world's largest Armenian and Jewish populations, members of the two communities gathered in Encino late Monday to share their kinship of suffering and motivate their youths to fight the forces that lead to genocide.
``The question is: Can we teach our young persons something true so there will be no genocide in their generation?'' said Rabbi Ed Feinstein of Valley Beth Shalom Valley Beth Shalom is a Conservative Synagogue in Encino, Los Angeles, California. With over 1,800 member families it is one of the largest synagogues in Los Angeles and one of the largest Conservative synagogues in the United States. . ``Can we acknowledge that there is something evil in human nature?''
His audience was the 700 who filled his synagogue to watch ``Screamers,'' a documentary that will open nationwide Friday about System of a Down and the band's campaign to have the Armenian Genocide recognized by the U.S. and British governments.
Director Carla Garapedian, a North Hollywood High School North Hollywood High School, originally called Lankershim High School when it opened in 1927, is a secondary school in North Hollywood in Los Angeles, California. The school mascot is the husky, and the school colors are blue, white, grey. graduate, and System bassist Shavo Odadjian spoke after the screening.
``A screamer screamer, common name for gregarious, aquatic birds comprising three species in the family Anhimidae. Although they are related to the ducks and geese, they do not resemble them in outward appearance. is somebody whose defenses and whose alibis somehow melt away, and they actually process what a genocide is without defense, without guile,'' Samantha Power, a professor at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government The John F. Kennedy School of Government, colloquially known as the Kennedy School of Government (KSG) or simply the Kennedy School, is a public policy school and one of the professional graduate schools of Harvard University. and author of the Pulitzer-Prize winning book ``A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide,'' says in an opening scene.
``And when you do that, when you actually allow it all in, there is no other alternative but to go up to people and to scream and say, `You know, the sky is falling! The sky is falling! People are being systematically butchered! We can stop it!'''
Ethnic victims of genocide, humanitarian activists and scholars say the continued refusal by some countries to use the ``g'' word when referring to the Armenian massacre is a reason why genocides occurred with increasing frequency at the end of the 20th century and the early part of this century -- in Cambodia, Rwanda, Kosovo, Darfur.
Turkey has branded the killing of Armenians by the collapsing Ottoman Empire a consequence of war between ethnic groups; monuments in Turkey memorialize me·mo·ri·al·ize
tr.v. me·mo·ri·al·ized, me·mo·ri·al·iz·ing, me·mo·ri·al·iz·es
1. To provide a memorial for; commemorate.
2. To present a memorial to; petition. Turks killed by Armenians. But the European Union has stated that Turkey must acknowledge that the act was genocide before it can join.
There have been U.S. efforts to recognize the genocide -- resolutions passed the House in 1974 and 1985 -- but each has failed because the government fears offending a military ally.
``Jews have held onto this phrase, `never again.' I remind people that `never again' first appeared in the book of Genesis Noun 1. Book of Genesis - the first book of the Old Testament: tells of Creation; Adam and Eve; the Fall of Man; Cain and Abel; Noah and the flood; God's covenant with Abraham; Abraham and Isaac; Jacob and Esau; Joseph and his brothers
Genesis when God says to Noah that he will never again flood the Earth,'' Stephen Feinstein, director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Holocaust and Genocide Studies is the leading international peer-reviewed academic journal addressing the issue of the Holocaust and other genocides. It has been published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum since 1987 with varying at the University of Minnesota (body, education) University of Minnesota - The home of Gopher.
Address: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. , said in an interview.
``When God speaks, we can believe it. When men speak, it's a little harder. `Never again' is just a cliche. Intervention always depends on national interest. That is as simple as it is.''
Band makes you ask
In ``Screamers,'' the four members of System of a Down, who are Armenian and grew up in Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. , talk about their missing family trees and protest outside the Illinois office of former House Speaker Dennis J. Hastert, who has opposed genocide resolutions.
Wherever the band appears, their fans speak of what happened to the Armenians -- something barely taught in American public schools.
``This band didn't start to change the world. This band didn't start to change your mind,'' singer Serj Tankian says in a performance at the Greek Theatre. ``This band started to make you ask questions.''
Adam Braun, who is Jewish and a freshman at Harvard-Westlake School, said the band's music taught him about a genocide he'd never heard of. ``The next step is having the courage to stand against these things.''
v. in·ter·wove , in·ter·wo·ven , inter·weav·ing, inter·weaves
1. To weave together.
2. To blend together; intermix.
v.intr. with concert performances are expert interviews, including one with Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink, who was assassinated in Istanbul last week and whose funeral took place Tuesday; Turkish protest footage; and photos and footage of genocides from Armenia to Sudan.
``Why do genocides continue to occur in the 21st century?'' says Salih Booker, executive director of Global Rights. ``Because those that committed it in the 20th century got away with it.''