Discussion Papers


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.


Discussion Papers:

Holocaust Education in India by Rajiv Chandran 

UNIC Moscow: Holocaust Education and Outreach in the Russian Federation by Vladimir S. Pavinsky

A New Approach to Support Human Rights and Peace: Financial Pressure by John Prendergast

On Refugees by Giles Duley 

Besa: All Will Live as One Family by Majlinda Myrto and They Took Us Among Themselves by Anna Kohen

Holocaust History is Relevant to Our Lives Today by Sara J. Bloomfield 

Lessons from Auschwitz by Marian Turski and I am their voice by Inge Auerbacher

Holocaust Education and Commemoration to Prevent Genocide by Judge Thomas Buergenthal

The Future of Holocaust Education: The Role of Global Citizenship and Human Rights Literacy by Zehavit Gross

The Aftermath of the Holocaust: The Rise of Consciousness in Global Resistance against Injustice by Petra M. Schweitzer 


Discussion Papers Journal, Volume III:

Volume III presents a diverse group of authors writing on a wide range of topics. Among the contributors are academics, researchers, and sociologists, the chairman of a world-renowned Holocaust museum, the Special Advisers to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide and the Responsibility to Protect, a Hollywood filmmaker, and a former United Nations intern. They are from Canada, Denmark, Israel, Morocco, Senegal, Serbia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Their articles deal with a fascinating wide range of issues including Holocaust education in Denmark, and in Morocco; the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance; music and the Holocaust; rescue; the preservation of former Nazi concentration and death camps; crimes committed against the Roma and Sinti during the Second World War; the post-Holocaust memory of German-Jewish achievements; and the prevention of atrocity crimes.

From Commitment to Action: The Enduring Importance of the Responsibility to Protect by Adama Dieng and Jennifer Welsh

Rabbi Leo Baeck and the Leo Baeck Institute - A Response to Nazi Persecution and Displacement and Post-Holocaust Memory by William H. Weitzer

Remarks Delivered at the United Nations Holocaust Memorial Ceremony, International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, 27 January 2014 by Steven Spielberg

Holocaust Remembrance and Education in Morocco by Elmehdi Boudra

Music and the Holocaust by Shirli Gilbert

Remarks Delivered at the United Nations Holocaust Memorial Ceremony, International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, 28 January 2015, by Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate, Jerusalem

Remembering the Holocaust: The Legacy of the Danish Rescue by Cecilie Felicia Stokholm Banke, Senior Researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies 

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

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 Achievementsby 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 racismby Andrzej Mirga, Senior Adviser on Roma and Sinti Issues, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights


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 Dayby 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