Shoah Memorial: inauguration of the Raphael Lemkin Centre on Genocide
In France, in Paris, the Shoah Memorial inaugurated yesterday evening, Thursday, the Raphael Lemkin Center on genocide. A new place in which will be gathered archival collections on the genocide of the Tutsi of Rwanda, the Herero and Nama genocide in Namibia, as well as the genocide of the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire.
Map of the Shark Island concentration camp. In 1904-1905, 80% of the Herero and nearly half of the Nama of Namibia perished. © RFI/Vladimir Cagnolari
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About 100,000 documents will be made accessible to historians.
For nearly twenty years, we have been accumulating archives on other genocides, and we felt the need to make it known, and to gather them, explains Jacques Fredj, the director of the Shoah Memorial, reached by phone by Pierre Firtion of the Africa editorial team. For twenty years now, the Memorial has been working on the genocide of the Tutsi in Rwanda, and we have begun to receive deposits of documents, books, from a number of researchers, such as Jean-Pierre Chrétien and Jean-François Dupaquier, first. And then, in the course of our work, we made an exhibition on the genocide of the Herero and Nama. And we have also created and accumulated an archive on this genocide, which is arguably the most forgotten of all genocides. It is also for us the desire to encourage French researchers to work on these subjects.»
► Read also: on the website of the Shoah Memorial, "The genocide of Herero and Nama"
On June 8, the Shoah Memorial in Paris inaugurates the #RaphaelLemkin Centre on #génocides and its archival collections on the genocide of the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire, the genocide of the Tutsi of Rwanda and the genocide of
the Herero and Nama. pic.twitter.com/ie9funeJnE
— Holocaust Memorial (@Shoah_Memorial) June 8, 2023
Demonstration in Berlin (in 2019) to commemorate the genocide of the Herero and Nama in southern Africa by German colonizers. And ask for redress. Berlin admitted in 2021 that it had committed genocide against these peoples. Credito: Cristiane Ramalho
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