This is Learning From Genocide, a series brought to you by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust in which we hear the testimonies of people directly affected by the Holocaust, Nazi persecution, and the genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. We also hear why we must continue to honour the past in order to create a safer present and a better future.
Over 7 episodes, you'll hear testimonies of extraordinary experiences in the face of appalling and deliberate atrocities. Some of those who survived genocide, against all odds, now use their voices to educate the world and to ensure that future generations never have to live through the horror of genocide.
All episodes of Learning From Genocide will be available in January 2022.
WARNING CONTAINS UPSETTING STORIES OF GENOCIDE AND VIOLENCE.
Episode 7 - Why is Genocide a Contemporary Issue?
By reminding ourselves of the worst that human beings can do to each other, we can prevent future atrocities.
Today, it is critical that the brutal truth of the Holocaust and genocide is not dimmed.
In this episode, we hear from Rahima Mahmut, who talks movingly about the suffering and injustice faced by the Uyghur Muslims in China, including her own personal experience of persecution.
Rahima also talks about her desire to see the civilised world standing together to support the Uyghurs.
The series concludes with HMDT’s Chief Executive Olivia Marks-Woldman OBE telling us what we can all do to learn from genocide – for a better future.
Episode 6 - Genocide in Darfur
The genocide in Darfur in Western Sudan is widely recognised as the first genocide of the twenty-first century.
In this episode, the role of the international community as the atrocities in Darfur unfolded is brought into sharp focus by Mukesh Kapila CBE, the head of the UN Mission in Sudan between 2003 and 2004.
He witnessed first-hand many of the atrocities in Darfur and alerted the world.
Mukesh talks passionately about his time in Sudan and a decision he describes as the worst of his life - and is the driving force behind his desire to play a part in genocide education.
Episode 5 - Genocide in Bosnia
Although Una Srabovic-Ryan was not yet born when the genocide in Bosnia took place in 1995, her life has been shaped and influenced by the atrocity. Her father was one of the thousands of Muslim men and boys murdered in the genocide, never knowing that he was to be a parent.
In a powerful testimony, Una tells us how events before her birth changed her life forever.
Smajo Beso, on the other hand, was six years old when his normal, happy life was suddenly turned upside down.
In this episode, he recounts the fear and anxiety he experienced during the genocide and how he eventually found refuge in the UK
Episode 4 - Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda
Prior to the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda in 1994, Eric Murangwa MBE was a popular footballer, playing for one of the country’s top teams.
In this episode, Eric tells us how football quite literally saved his life when death was all around him.
Before we hear his extraordinary story, investigative journalist and author Linda Melville tells us how the genocide unfolded. Linda has dedicated much of her journalistic life to researching the genocide against the Tutsi, writing several books and papers on the subject.
Episode 3 - Genocide in Cambodia
In this episode, we hear from two people who survived the genocide in Cambodia.
Sokphal Din BEM was a boy of 17 when he and his family were forced from their home in April 1975. His dream of becoming a doctor was destroyed as he endured four years of hard labour and starvation under the reign of the Khmer Rouge. Sokphal talks in moving detail about what happened to him and his family.
Ramoni Sim was only 10 when she and her family were forced out of their home. This is the first time that she has told her heartbreaking story to the world.
Episode 2 - Nazi persecution of other groups
It may surprise many to learn that hundreds of British nationals on the Channel Islands were victims of Nazi persecution between June 1940 and May 1945.
Dr. Gilly Carr has worked tirelessly to highlight stories of Britons who lost their lives while resisting Nazi occupation.
In this episode, Dr. Carr talks about her battle to stop documents which detail these remarkable stories from being destroyed.
We also hear from Professor Eve Rosenhaft who talks about victims of Nazi persecution in Germany – Roma and Sinti people, black people, gay people, and people with disabilities.
I’m really enjoying listening to this podcast. Such interesting stories which are important to hear and learn from. Thanks to the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust for putting it together.