Unfortunately, this awareness soon began to fade. With Carl, Roma and Rabbi Prinz in mind, this educational guide is not only a discussion about the lessons not learned and how “never again” continues to be a failed promise, but it is also to provide the opportunity to reflect on the many lessons that we have, in fact, learned in the aftermath of the Holocaust. Although educators, activists, politicians and religious leaders continue to struggle with how to make genocide a phenomenon of the past, there are many questions that have been answered. The gacaca courts in Rwanda taught us the importance of reconciliation and seeking forgiveness for a brighter future; yet, they also highlight the need to remember that scars from genocide can take years to heal. The Cambodian genocide reminds us that too often war is a guise for genocide, and each of us must seek out ways to read through the lines. The atrocities in the Congo teach us that rape should be seen as more than just a tool of war, but rather “gendercide.” The Guatemalan genocide provides a lesson on never giving up hope that perpetrators can always be held accountable — even if it is decades later. The Bosnian genocide reminds us that even after the Holocaust and Nazi Germany, Europe is not immune to genocide. The genocide in Darfur and
the ongoing conflict between Sudan and South Sudan continue to teach us that the voice of youth should never be silenced, because they are often the key to forcing our leaders to pay attention to global atrocities.
- Fall '15