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Genocides Exhibition: September 1–October 31, 2018

A woman reading the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Armenian Studies Program and the Henry Madden Library, in cooperation with the Mémorial de la Shoah, presents the exhibition “Genocides of the 20th Century,” which was designed, created and distributed by the Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris, France. The exhibit includes information about the Armenian Genocide, the Jewish Holocaust and the Rwandan Genocide.

Genocides of the 20th Century

An exhibition by the Mémorial de la Shoah, Paris, France

  • Open September 1 – October 31, 2018
  • This is a free, public exhibition open during normal Library hours.
  • Parking is $4 and free on the weekends. Learn more about Fresno State Parking.
  • Co-sponsored by the College of Arts & Humanities, the College of Social Sciences, and the Jewish Studies Program at Fresno State.
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Warning: this exhibition contains images that are graphic in nature and might be disturbing to some visitors.

Exhibition Opening Reception

  • Thursday, September 6, 2018 in Henry Madden Library
    • 6:30 p.m. Reception
    • 7:30 p.m. Inaugural Speeches and Program
  • Parking is free for this event on September 6. Please use parking code 219904 at a campus parking kiosk.
  • RSVP before August 31, 2018 on eRsvp form using LIBGEN20

Partnered with Mémorial de la Shoah, Fresno State's Armenian Studies, SNCF, and the French Embassy.

The genocide is a specific breach of international criminal law and a very individualized concept. The specificity of this violation and the precision of this concept are underlined by the comparative approach of three mass murders perpetrated during the 20th Century, which have been proven beyond any reasonable doubt to be genocides. In chronological order, they are the destruction of the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire, of the Jews of Europe, and of the Rwandan Tutsis. These genocides are comparable. The analysis of their similarities and their differences allows for a better understanding of their respective mechanisms.

Each genocide is singular. By the irrationality of the motive, the radicalness of the group’s destruction, and its disproportion, the Holocaust is an unprecedented crime in the history of mankind, while the two other genocides partly fall under political motives.

This exhibition was designed, created, and distributed by the Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris, France (curators Georges Bensoussan, Joel Kotek, and Yves Ternon), and made possible through the generous support of SNCF. This presentation was made possible through the support of Fresno State College of Arts and Humanities, College of Social Sciences, and the Jewish Studies Program, the Consulate General of France in San Francisco, the Embassy of France in the United States, and SNCF.

Photo: Eleanor Roosevelt, President of the Redaction Committee for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Lake Success, New York, November 1949, Public Domain

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