Discussion Papers Series
The Discussion Papers Journal series is a compilation of papers written by leading Holocaust and genocide studies scholars from around the world. The series aims to engage the minds of students and spark lively discussions to expand their awareness of how hatred, discrimination and human rights abuses are shaping world events today. Teachers and students will examine what the implications are for the future and what could and should be done by the international community to stem the tide of violence, ensure the rule of law and protect the most vulnerable. The views expressed by these scholars do not necessarily reflect those of the United Nations.
Available upon request in all UN official languages.
RECENT DISCUSSION PAPERS:
- Remembering the Holocaust: The Legacy of the Danish Rescue by Cecilie Felicia Stokholm Banke, Senior Researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)
- Remembering the Dead, Documenting Resistance, Honouring the Heroes by Ethel Brooks, a sociologist and associate professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey
- Rescue during the Holocaust: The Courage to Care by Mordecai Paldiel, the former Director of the Department of the Righteous at Yad Vashem
- Why we need the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance by Dr. Mario Silva, 2013 Chair, International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)
- The Semlin Judenlager in Belgrade: a contested memory by Jovan Byford, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the Open University, UK
DISCUSSION PAPERS JOURNAL, VOLUME II:
In Volume II, Chinese author Pan Guang delivers a gripping account of how Jews made their way to Shanghai during the Second World War while Polish writer Andrzej Mirga details the Nazi persecution of Roma and Sinti during the same period. Argentine professor Juan E. Méndez bring us to the 21st century with a discussion of the 2011 arrest and pending trial of accused Serbian war criminal Ratko Mladic. And the timeless value of Holocaust education is explored as South African Tali Nates shows how education is helping to heal the divisions wrought by apartheid in South Africa and Russian scholar Ilya Altman lays out Holocaust remembrance and education in contemporary Russia. Other contributors are Edward Mortimer and Kaja Shonick Glahn (UK / Germany), David Matas (Canada), Lenore Weitzman (USA), and Robert Krell (Canada).
- Foreword by Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal: United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information
- Holocaust Education in Russia Today: Its Challenges and Achievements, by Ilya Altman, the founder and co-chairman of the Russian Research and Educational Holocaust Center
- My Journey as a Child Holocaust Survivor, by Robert Krell, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia
- The Arrest of Ratko Mladic and Its Impact on International Justice and Prevention of Genocide and Other International Crimes by Juan E. Méndez, Professor, Washington College of Law, American University, and UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
- The Holocaust by Bullets, by Patrick Desbois, a Catholic priest and President of the association Yahad - In Unum
- Shanghai: a Haven for Holocaust Victims, by Pan Guang, Professor and Vice Chairman of Shanghai Center for International Studies at Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences
- Women in the Holocaust, by Lenore J. Weitzman, Professor Emeritus, George Mason University
- The Law as an Accelerator of Genocide, by David Matas, Senior Honourary Counsel to B'nai Brith Canada and a lawyer in Winnipeg, Canada
- Holocaust Education in South Africa, by Tali Nates, Director of the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre, The South African Holocaust & Genocide Foundation
- The Global Prevention of Genocide: Learning from the Holocaust, by Edward Mortimer, Senior Vice-President and Chief Programme Officer, and Kaja Shonick Glahn, session director for The Global Prevention of Genocide: Learning from the Holocaust, at The Salzburg Global Seminar
- The Legacy of the Survivors: Remembering the Nazi Persecution of Roma and Sinti – a key to fighting modern-day racism, by Andrzej Mirga, Senior Adviser on Roma and Sinti Issues, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR)
DISCUSSION PAPERS JOURNAL- VOLUME I:In Volume I, students are introduced to the subject of the Holocaust and its implications through experts in this field of study and testimonies from survivors. German Professor Monika Richarz provides the reader with historical context and insight into Jewish culture before the war and French-born Holocaust survivor Simone Veil gives a first-hand account of experiencing the Holocaust as a Jew. Hungarian writer László Teleki talks about the Roma experience and how this group was similarly targeted by the Nazis. Historian and Professor Yehuda Bauer (Israel) explains how the Holocaust evolved from a utopian ideology that involved hatred towards Jews, while Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiessel (USA) challenges the reader with the question “Why hate?” Other contributors include Professor Xu Xin (China), Professor Ben Kiernan (Australia), Professor Edward Kissi (South Africa), and Francis Deng (former Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide and today Permanent Representative of South Sudan to the United Nations).
- Foreword by Kiyo Akasaka: United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information
- On the Holocaust and Its Implications: In the Wake of Holocaust Remembrance Day, by Professor Yehuda Bauer, Academic Advisor to the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research
- Holocaust Education in China, by Professor Xu Xin, Professor and Director of the Institute of Jewish Studies at Nanjing University, the People’s Republic of China
- Hitler, Pol Pot, and Hutu Power: Distinguishing Themes in Genocidal Ideology, by Professor Ben Kiernan, Director of the Genocide Studies Program, Yale University
- The Shoah: A Survivor's Memory- the World's Legacy, by Madame Simone Veil, Honorary President of the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah, Paris, France
- The Holocaust as a Guidepost for Genocide Detection and Prevention in Africa, by Professor Edward Kissi, University of South Florida
- Hatred and Humanity, by Professor Elie Wiesel, Nobel Laureate & Chairman of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity
- In the shadow of the Holocaust, by Francis Deng, Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide
- The History of the Jews in Europe during the 19th and early 20th Centuries, by Professor Monika Richarz, Professor Emeritus of Hamburg University
- The Fate of the Roma during the Holocaust: The Untold Story, by László Teleki, Special Envoy to the Hungarian Prime Minister, Co-President of the Roma Affairs Inter-Ministerial