Worse than War – Panel sur le Génocide aux 20e et 21e Siècles
Université de Bâle, 26 octobre 2011

Worse than War – The Documentary Film:

“Worse than War” is “the first major documentary to explore the phenomenon of genocide and how we can stop it”, featuring leading scholar and best-selling author in this field, Prof. Daniel Jonah Goldhagen. The film documents Prof. Goldhagen’s travels to sites of past genocidal attacks around the world and records his numerous interviews with victims, relatives, witnesses, the perpetrators of atrocities as well as authorities, local and international politicians and journalists. Covering, among others, the Rwandan genocide of 1994, the genocide of the Maya in Guatemala and the mass murder in Bosnia, the film sheds light on the disturbing facts, backgrounds, patterns, dynamics and aftermaths of some of the most abysmal crimes in history. In a moving sequence, Prof. Goldhagen accompanies his father, the historian and retired university professor Erich Goldhagen, to a Ukrainian town where Erich Goldhagen was nearly killed during the Holocaust. In the face of the sheer insufferable, Prof. Goldhagen poses the poignant and thought-provoking question of whether current public international law and its institutions can be regarded as effective means to succssfully tackle the global combat against genocide. His conclusions may be deemed provocative at times, but they provide a compelling starting point for a discussion on an issue which has – in different contexts – time and again left the international community in dismay and – at the same time – tragic inability or even unwillingness to act in time”

Composition du panel:

– Prof. Daniel Jonah Goldhagen
– Prof. Paola Gaeta, Université de Genève
– Prof. Nicolas Michel, Université de Genève et Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
– Prof. em. Christian Tomuschat, Université Humboldt de Berlin
– Ambassador Jürg Lindenmann, Ministère Suisse des Affaires Etrangères
– Prof. Anne Peters, Université de Bâle

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