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Exhibit covers 3 periods of genocide

Exhibit covers 3 periods of genocide
The late First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, president of the Redaction Committee for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, looking at a copy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations in 1948, the day after the Convention adopted the prevention and suppression of the genocide crime. Lake Success, New York, USA, November 1949. Public Domain.

Three major periods of genocide in the 20th century are examined in an exhibit at Scottsdale Community College.

"Genocides of the 20th Century" runs through April 27 and is part of the upcoming 5th annual Genocide Awareness Week slated for April 17-22 at the school.

The exhibit is open to the public and free to visit. It is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The traveling exhibit delves deeply into the Armenian mass murders, which occurred in the early part of the century, the Holocaust perpetrated by Nazi Germany in the 1930s-40s, and the Rwandan genocide in the mid 1990s. It features photos, archives and historical context of each period. 

The information panels are in English and French to provide a bilingual experience for visitors.

"These are three of the major genocides of the 20th century," said John Liffiton, director of SCC's Genocide Awareness Week program and an SCC faculty member. "As awful as the Holocaust was, there were other genocides that preceded it and that came after it."

The SCC display is the U.S. premiere of the exhibition. It opened at the Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris in 2015. The traveling exhibit is currently on display in the school's Student Center lobby. SCC is located at 9000 E. Chaparral Road in Scottsdale.

This exhibition was designed, created and distributed by the Mémorial de la Shoah (curators Georges Bensoussan, Joel Kotek, and Yves Ternon) and made possible through the generous support of SNCF. The local exhibit received the support of the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles, the Embassy of France in the United States, The Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles, East Valley JCC, Alliance Française of Greater Phoenix, Arizona Jewish Historical Society and SNCF.

Since 2013, SCC has presented and hosted a Genocide Awareness Week program to coincide with National Genocide Awareness Month. The program has grown into one of the school's signature events and has received recognition both locally and nationally for instilling greater awareness and understanding of genocide, including pre-conditions and the aftermath. In 2016, SCC was designated as an educational center by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, resulting in greater collaboration, training and resources for SCC's Genocide Awareness Week program.

For more information on the exhibit, conference and workshops, please contact John Liffiton at (480) 423-6447 or