Hadassah leaders recently attended a film screening and roundtable discussion of Cambodia: A Quest for Justice, presented by the Simon Weisenthal Museum of Tolerance, The Holocaust and United Nations Outreach Programme and United Nations Department of Public Information.
The roundtable— moderated by Mark Weitzman from the Museum of Tolerance— included Assistant Secretary General for Legal Affairs at the UN, two of the film's producers, a scholar of genocide studies, and a filmmaker who interviews Cambodian survivors.
The Museum of Tolerance and the United Nations both maintain that preventing genocide is of the utmost priority, in addition to documenting genocide and affording justice to victims, their families and nations.
Hadassah recognizes that, as leaders in the Jewish community, it is essential to teach the history and atrocities of bigotry—from the Holocaust to Sudan.
The film and discussion that followed overviewed the Cambodian struggle against the Khmer Rouge, the ensuing oppression on the heels of Cambodia's civil war and the International Tribunal that finally prosecuted "Duch", the head of the notorious S-21 prison, 30 years later.
The televised trial and public documentation of the Cambodian genocide were eye-opening to young Cambodians who had no idea or little knowledge of what had transpired. For victims and their families, the open discussion of the atrocities and conviction of Duch brought them some closure and overdue justice.
For more information on the museum, visit the UN's Holocaust Remembrance page. For more information on activities relating to the Holocaust, visit the Museum of Tolerance New York page.