Inhumanities — past and present
Venue: Aula Magna, Stockholm University, Frescati
Why did the twentieth century witness unprecedented organized genocide? A multi-dimensional seminar on genocide by Brahe Educational Foundation and Stockholm University. "Be aware of how easily people can be persuaded to commit genocide if no one speaks up against it", says Holocaust survivor Henry Oster.
- The untold story of how Stockholm University hosted the man who coined the word ’genocide’. Mark Klamberg, Associate Professor in International Law at Stockholm University.
- Violent Political Extremism — in modern times with Scott Atran, French National Center for Scientific Research and Atris Director of Research.
- Up-rooted Persons - Tomislav Dulić, Director of the Hugo Valentin Centre, Uppsala University. About the 4,300 Yugoslav prisoners that were sent to Norway on slave labour during the Second World War.
- Surviving the Holocaust - a personal testimony by Henry Oster, Holocaust survivor.
The term "genocide" did not exist before 1944. It is a very specific term, referring to violent crimes committed against groups with the intent to destroy the existence of the group. Human rights, as laid out in the US Bill of Rights or the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, concern the rights of individuals.
Why did the twentieth century witness unprecedented organized genocide? Can we learn why genocide is perpetrated by comparing different cases of genocide? Is the Holocaust unique, or does it share causes and features with other cases of state-sponsored mass murder? Can genocide be prevented? The panel will explain the prevalence of genocide in the twentieth century and show how and why it became so systematic and deadly.
Find more information about the program here.
Established in 2009, Brahe Educational Foundation is a Swedish nonprofit foundation that arranges lectures and seminars by prominent academics in the physical and behavioral sciences to faculty and students at Swedish educational institutions with the public invited.
April 24, 2017
Source: External Relations and Communications Office