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    World War II War Crimes Trials

    Peter Maguire talked about the legacy of the Nuremberg trials and described how, in the 1950s, the Germans questioned the validity of the sentences, which often resulted in pardons or paroles. Gerhard Weinberg…

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    Pursuit and Prosecution of War Criminals

    Co-authors Alexa Koenig, Victor Peskin, and Eric Stover talked about their book, Hiding in Plain Sight: The Pursuit of War Criminals from Nuremberg to the War on Terror.

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    Genocide and Atrocity Prevention

    Sarah Sewall spoke on atrocity prevention and other global issues. She focused on the Obama administration-led Atrocities Prevention Board and its progress during the preceding three years…

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    War Crimes Trial of Henry Wirz

    Paul Finkelman talked about the military trial of Henry Wirz, the Confederate commander of Andersonville Prison, where approximately 13,000 Union prisoners died. The concept of war crimes was established as a…

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    U.S. and U.N. Response to Rwandan Genocide

    Flagler College Political Science Professor Arthur Vanden Houten and Flagler College History Professor John Young taught a class on the the Rwandan genocide and the response by the U.S. and the United Nations. The…

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    U.N. Security Council Meeting on Syria

    The United Nations Security Council met to discuss the situation in Syria and ongoing humanitarian efforts. The previous day U.N. investigators released their report that found both the Syrian…

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    The Rape of Nanking

    Iris Chang talked about her book, The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II, published by Basic Books. The book documents the atrocities visited upon the people of Nanking by…

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    Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on Hamas

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke about Hamas using their civilians as human shields. This is a brief portion of his remote interview on CBS' “Face the Nation.”

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    War Crimes in Syria

    Ambassador Stephen Rapp talked about war crimes and crimes against humanity that have occurred during the civil war in Syria. Topics included the use of chemical weapons and shrapnel bombs…

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    United Nations Report on North Korea

    John Park, Harvard Kennedy School adjunct lecturer, talked by video link from West Newton, Massachusetts, about a United Nations report on North Korea that accused leader Kim Jong Un of “crimes…

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    Senator John McCain on Syria

    Senator John McCain (R-AZ),a member of the Armed Services Committee, came to the floor to urge his colleagues to take action on the situation in Syria. He showed several graphic photographs…

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    River Run Red: The Fort Pillow Massacre

    Andrew Ward talked about his book River Run Red: The Fort Pillow Massacre in the American Civil War, published by Viking. The book detailed the capture of the Union garrison at Fort Pillow, Tenn., by Nathan…

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    North Korea and Human Rights

    Shin Dong-hyuk was interviewed by Christian Caryl about his life in a North Korean internment camp, where he was born. He talked about the abuse of prisoners in the camp, including denial of food, and how he and the…

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    All the Missing Souls and Wounded I Am More Awake

    David Scheffer, author of All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals, and Julia Lieblich, co-author of Wounded I More Awake: Finding Meaning After Terror, talked about…

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    A Problem from Hell

    Ms. Power talked about her book, A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, published by Basic Books. The books criticizes the U.S. failure to stop genocide such as occurred in…

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    Panel on War Crimes Tribunals

    Panelists discussed war crimes tribunals, both past and present, and if the legal infrastructure the world’s leading democracies have struggled to establish since the Nuremberg trials of 1945-46 is…

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    Nazis on the Run

    Historian Gerald Steinacher reported on the many Nazi war criminals that avoided capture following the end of World War II. The author examined the routes or ‘ratlines’ that were used for…

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    When the Stars Fall to Earth

    Rebecca Tinsley, former BBC reporter and founder of Network for Africa, showed slides as she talked about her novel about 5 children who survived the genocide in Darfur. The novel is based…

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    Lessons on International Justice

    A discussion was held on Nazi crimes during World War II and the Nuremberg trials. Ken Hechler was a combat historian who interviewed Nazi leaders. Douglas Neckers is a scientist concerned about the involvement of…

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    Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

    Timothy Snyder, history professor at Yale University, presents a history of the mass killings led by Hitler and Stalin. Mr. Snyder examines the region between Berlin and Moscow that he dubs, “The…

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