Genocide Survivors’ Advisory Council; Events about the Holocaust, Guatemala, East Timor

World Without Genocide announces the formation of the Genocide Survivors’ Advisory Council to help guide World’s education and advocacy work.  We are launching the Advisory Council to ensure that the perspectives of survivors, their families, and their descendants are integrated into our program development and priorities. 

The members of the Advisory Council will be charged with providing input on World’s programs and priorities; helping to identify new areas of concern; integrating the voices of various survivor groups into a united advocacy force; and acting as liaisons between survivor communities and World Without Genocide.


  • Requirements to be considered for the position:  an interest in the work of World Without Genocide and access to members of the community that the applicant represents.
  • Number of positions available:  the Advisory Council will be limited to a small group and no more than one representative from a survivor community will be selected.  Fred Amram, Emeritus Professor, University of Minnesota, a Holocaust survivor and member of the Board of Directors of World Without Genocide, will chair the Council.
  • Terms will be three years, beginning in early February 2012 and concluding in December 2014.
  • Meetings will be held periodically at World Without Genocide offices at William Mitchell College of Law, 875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul.

 To apply, send a brief letter by Monday, January 30, to telling us about your interest and your connection to your own survivor community.  You’ll hear from us by mid-February. ***

 Talk, Saturday, January 21, noon-1:00 pmGenocide in Paradise:  The Case of East Timor.  East Timor, an island nation near Australia, was the site of genocide between 1975-1999 in which more than 200,000 people perished from torture, murder, starvation, and disease.  Dr. Ellen Kennedy, ExecutiveDirector of World Without Genocide, traveled to East Timor in 2011 and met with experts in safety and security, education, agriculture, health, law, and prisons, to examine the efforts to rebuild the rule of law, families and communities.  Free ($10 for one standard CLE credit), open to the public, no registration necessary.  Diversity PLP, 1 CEU.  At William Mitchell College of Law, 875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, Room 123.


Book Discussion, Tuesday, January 24, 7:00-8:30 pm – Maus 1:  A Survivor’s Tale – My Father Bleeds History.   A biography of the author’s father, a Holocaust survivor.  The work is a searing graphic narrative in which Jews are depicted as mice and the Germans are depicted as cats. It is the only comic book ever to have won a Pulitzer Prize. Free, open to the public, no reservations necessary, and those who haven’t read the book are welcome.  At William Mitchell College of Law, 875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, Room 329 (adults only, please).***

Conference, Saturday, January 28, 1:00-4:30 pm – Water, War, and Conflict.  Dr. Charlie Clements, Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University, will speak about the increasing scarcity of water and the resulting conflict in many places around the world. Thomas Haines, Minnesota attorney and board member of G Project, will address poverty, injustice, environmental degradation, and repression in Guatemala, where water is a root cause of violence.  Registration required at, $10 general public and for CEUs, $25 for 2.5 standard CLE credits.  At William Mitchell College of Law, 875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, Kelley Board Room.***

Sat., Feb. 11; 3:00-9:30 p.m., workshop The Holocaust:  Spiritual and Cultural Resistance (includes performance of And A Child Shall Lead, by Youth Performance Company) at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Avenue (at Franklin), Minneapolis.

The Nazi concentration camp Terezin, near Prague, was a place of horror and tragedy.  Yet the prisoners produced art, theater, and music, keeping alive their dignity in the face of certain death.  This workshop explores the history and legacy of the camp, following which participants will attend the play about Terezin,  And A Child Shall Lead. 6 Continuing education credits available for educators.  Fee: $20 (includes light dinner and ticket to the performance); students ages 15-18 at no charge. Registration required at Feb11.


Film broadcast, Children of Genocide:  Five Who Survived.A documentary produced by World Without Genocide and Twin Cities Public Television, nominated for a regional Emmy award in 2010, will be shown on the Minnesota channel (2.2) during the following times:  

     Monday, January 30, 2012 at 5:30 AM
     Monday, January 30, 2012 at 11:30 PM

The film features interviews with five people who were children or young adults when genocides happened in their communities – survivors of the Holocaust, Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Sudan, and is available for purchase ($10) by contacting

For more information about any of our programs, please contact us at info@worldwithoutgenocide.orgor 651-695-7621.


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