We believe that preventing genocide and mass atrocity is an achievable goal. To that end, we focus on a continuum of training and educational strategies that prevent genocide from ever taking place, prevent further atrocities once genocide has begun, and prevent future atrocities once a society has begun to rebuild after genocide. For AIPG, atrocity prevention is a multilayered approach running throughout the preconflict, midconflict, and postconflict cycle.
We understand the three forms of atrocity prevention as:
The training and educational strategies developed by Academic Programs, and used across the Auschwitz Institute’s broad range of programming, are grounded in this broad and diverse understanding of atrocity prevention.
Academic Programs emphasizes the “power of place” in training and education. Beginning with our foundational partnering relationship with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in 2007, we recognized that holding our genocide prevention seminars at this internationally recognized site of memory and atrocity would give urgency to the preventive work which we were trying to advance in those seminars. To study atrocity prevention, at a place that gives direct evidence to the destructive reality of what happens when prevention fails, offers a unique and powerful immediacy to the teaching and learning experience. Where possible, our regional and national programs replicate Auschwitz’s “power of place” by being physically and curricularly located around sites of memory. These sites have included ESMA in Buenos Aires, the Whitney Plantation in Louisiana, Villa Grimaldi in Chile, and the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda.
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Dr. James Waller joined the Auschwitz Institute's staff in July 2012 as Director of Academic Program...