Women at the Frontline of Mass Violence and Genocide
Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives
The Women at the Frontline of Mass Violence and Genocide photography exhibit had its U.S. premiere at the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives at Queensborough Community College, in partnership with the French organization Yahad-In Unum. Yahad-In Unum, which created the exhibit, is a global human rights organization focusing on researching and denouncing genocidal and mass violence.
The exhibit, featuring 19 photographs and video testimonies of female victims of genocide and mass violence throughout the world, ran from August 15 until September 15, 2016. In cooperation with Remember the Women Institute, there was a reception and panel discussion on Sunday afternoon, August 28, 2016.
The result of more than a decade of Yahad’s investigations and interviews, the exhibit depicts female survivors of genocides spanning over 60 years. These survivors include Jewish women who survived the Nazi extermination of Jews in Eastern Europe (the Holocaust by Bullets), Roma survivors of the Nazi genocide against them, indigenous women victimized during the Guatemala conflict during the 1980’s, and Yazidi women who survived the genocide being perpetrated today by Isis in Iraq and Syria.
"From our investigations into the victims of genocide and mass violence, Yahad has seen that women have suffered in a specific way: as victims of sexual violence, forced abortion, sterilization, or sexual slaves," explains Patrice Bensimon. "Our mission with this collection is to give a voice to these women, and in doing so, to give them back the dignity that was stripped from them. Violence against women during mass killings and genocide is an issue in its own right that needs to be further studied by scholars and better known by the public at large. We also want to show that the lessons from World War II have not been heeded, and genocide and mass violence to continue into the present with no sign of slowing down."
The panel discussion on Sunday, August 28, 2016, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM included: Patrice Bensimon, Director of Yahad-In Unum Research Center; Dr. Rochelle Saidel, founder and Executive Director of Remember the Women Institute; and Dr. Amy Traver, Associate Professor of Sociology at Queensborough Community College. Get tickets.
About the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives
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About Yahad-In Unum
Action Yazidis is an initiative of Yahad-In Unum, created in 2014, to document and offer evidence of every step of the Yazidi genocide committed by ISIS, following a similar plan of education as Yahad-In Unum. Testimony is gathered, verified and broadly disseminated. Interviews are held with Yazidi victims of all ages. The eye-witness accounts of those who escaped slavery and imprisonment by ISIS are crossed-referenced with other sources, including photographs and written material, as well as from separate testimonies. www.actionyazidi.org
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