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What is genocide?

Holocaust art by Ervin Abadi

Genocide is the intentional destruction of a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group. The systematic killing of a single religious group during the Holocaust forced the world to recognize and name genocide as an international crime.


Genocide did not start with the Holocaust and has not ended with it. Other examples of genocide during the 20th century have taken place in Cambodia, Armenia, and Rwanda. Sadly, genocides are currently taking place in many countries around the world.

Ink drawing by Ervin Abadi. 1945, Germany.

Photo credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of George Bozoki.

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