Why Do We Believe We Can Prevent Genocide?

An Evening with the Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities
Monday, March 7, 2022

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Purim, Passover and Holocaust Remembrance & Heroism Day beget the questions:
Why Do We Believe We Can Prevent Genocide? How Are We Doing It?
On the evening of March 7, 2022, we learned about genocide prevention in the 21st Century. Our own member, Owen Pell, currently serves as the President of the Board of the Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide & Mass Atrocities (AIPG), an organization whose mission is to make good on the pledge of “Never Again” by working with governments around the world. From developing innovative curricula to organizing training seminars, the Auschwitz Institute transforms people and agencies into prevention specialists, creating communities of practice dedicated to stopping atrocities before they begin. Owen was joined in discussion by Dr. James Waller, a leading scholar and curriculum developer in the field of genocide prevention. Dr. Waller addressed our community and discussed his research – including his critically acclaimed books – on what we know about genocide and how individuals can act to stop it. We then heard from Samantha Capicotto, AIPG’s Director of Standards and Best Practices, about what the work of genocide prevention looks like within a variety of regions, countries, and partners. Rabbi Bolton closed the evening with reflections on how engagement with genocide prevention on a global level helps to fulfill the universal aspect of our call to action as the holidays of Purim and Passover approach in 5782.

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