GENOCIDE by Linda Altman


The Systematic Killing of a People
Age Range: 12 & up
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 An addition to the Issues in Focus library demonstrates that mass killing of civilians is not a practice unique to our century, but, as this grim tally shows, it has become horribly common in modern warfare. Using a mix of general statements and eyewitness accounts, Altman (Migrant Farm Workers, 1994, etc.) cites incidents from ancient history, the Crusades, and several massacres of Native American groups that presaged the large-scale exterminations of Armenians (more than 1 million), Jews (6 million), Poles and Gypsies (3 million, the ``other Holocaust''), Ukrainian ``kulaks'' (510 million), and Cambodians (23 million). She mentions more recent pogroms and civil wars in Rwanda, Bosnia, and Somaliathough not Afghanistan, India, or Timorand notes the worldwide growth of a ``New Tribalism'' that is fueling ethnic strife. The author closes with sage, if very general, advice for readers: Don't laugh at ethnic jokes, speak out against prejudice, and be aware that genocide has always begun in small steps, and would not be possible without the silenceand active participationof ordinary citizens. Solid background reading on this scary, controversial topic: concise, well-organized, thoroughly documented. (b&w photos, not seen, notes, large bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12+)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-89490-664-X
Page count: 112pp
Publisher: Enslow
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 1995


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