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VOICES FROM THE REGION: From Bergen-Belsen to Ukraine

The war in Ukraine and the atrocities committed there, with accompanying claims of genocide and Nazism, have made remembrance of the Holocaust more relevant than ever. We are confronted by perhaps the most serious challenge to the international rule of law since the end of World War II and, unfortunately, we are also confronted with atrocities…
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Discussing Genocide at Bergen-Belsen | Opinion

My visit earlier this month to the site of the Nazi concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen, in northern Germany, was nothing less than surreal. At this very place during the final months of World War II, over 50,000 prisoners, most of them Jews, died of typhus, extreme malnutrition and other virulent diseases. And now, on the…
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Never again? The legacy of Belsen

When a five-year-old child was chained and left outside in a courtyard to die by her ISIS captor, her enslaved mother never thought she would see justice done. Six years later, on October 25th, 2021, Jennifer Wenisch, a 30-year old German convert who had joined Islamic State, was convicted of crimes against humanity and sentenced…
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‘They are not human’: ISIS, the Yazidis and Germany

When a five-year-old child was chained and left outside in a courtyard to die by her ISIS captor, her enslaved mother never thought she would see justice done. Six years later, on October 25th, 2021, Jennifer Wenisch, a 30-year old German convert who had joined Islamic State, was convicted of crimes against humanity and sentenced…
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Why we need to talk about genocide

Menachem Rosensaft lives with ghosts. That’s perhaps not so surprising as one of them is his brother Benjamin. The latter was five and a half when the Nazis sent him to the gas chambers in Birkenau, along with his father and other family members. Ghosts have haunted the Renaissance-like writer, poet, human rights activist, and…
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Giving genocide denial a platform: ISIS, the media and the Yazidis

When the Dutch journalist Judit Neurink and her friends heard of the takeover of northern Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) from her base in Irbil (or Erbil), the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, they were surprised. Neurink, a Middle East specialist and editor of one of the leading Dutch daily papers, Trouw in…
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