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Perpretrators of Genocide

Status Current
Seeking Researchers No
Start Date 12/01/2011
End Date 06/01/2012
Funding Source Undergraduate Research Grant
Funding Amount
Community Partner
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Last Updated 03/25/2012 02:30PM
Keywords genocide, rwanda, holocaust


  Bill Myers

Student Researchers
  Alyssa Logan


During this project, I will be conducting research on perpetrators of Genocide, specifically the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide. In order for genocide to occur, there must be a great number of people invoLved in the killing process. For this reason, the leadership must recruit support, and even help from ordinary people. I wish to understand why the perpetrators of the Holocaust and the Rwandan Genocide, who were ordinary people, committed the atrocities that they did. There Is little agreement between historians on this subject. Some believe it is impossible to understand why genocide happens and that we should not try to understand it. Other historians argue that if we do not understand why genocide happens, we will not be able to prevent it. Personally, I agree with the latter group; by attempting to understand the mindset of people involved in these atrocities we can begin to predict when these types of things might happen again from certain signs. If we know when it might happen, then we can stop genocide before it occurs. My research project, for this reason, aims to understand why those ordinary people become genocidal killers.

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