Edith is a survivor of the holocaust. She was trapped in a world filled with hatred. Being born into an affluent, Jewish family in Poland provided little security or protection to Edith after the Nazi invasion. Edith lost everything she knew and loved, including both of her parents. Edith’s life was saved because of the kindness of strangers who risked their lives to hide and feed her.
Today, Edith is eighty-two and still lives with the trauma suffered as a child. Her testimony shows how innocent children were also subjected to the brutality of the Holocaust.
Dr. King and members of her community endured unspeakable horror at the hands of the Hutu majority. Her story takes the viewer through the terror of the Rwandan Genocide where neighbors, family members and friends turned on each other. Dr. King survived the genocide thanks to strangers who risked their lives to save her. Dr. King is a professor at the University of Manitoba in the Faculty of Social Work. Her accounts of the Rwandan genocide and its greater social and political impact is explored in this episode.
Victoria was a four-year-old when she was enrolled in a residential school. Torn from her family and First Nation community, this young girl experienced unspeakable physical and sexual abuse. Viewers undergo a range of emotions as Victoria (Elaine Guimond) McIntosh exposes the systematic process of “killing the Indian in the child.” This story of cultural genocide reveals the underbelly of our history and its lasting impact on one victim. Victoria suffered extreme abuse and humiliation under the Residential School system. Now a grandmother and a visual artist, she brings to life her troubled childhood through works of art.
Hadji is a Yazidi refugee who spent most of his adolescent years in a refugee camp. Hadji experienced the brutal and dehumanizing process of being a Yazidi refugee. The viewer gets a first-hand account of the pain and suffering inflicted upon this religious minority. Hesso’s story also shows how indifference to persecution led to the current Yazidi genocide. The government recently passed a declaration allowing Yazidi refugees to immigrate to Canada. Survivors will begin arriving in 2017.
What is genocide?
Kevin is a lecturer at the University of Winnipeg. He has done extensive studies on cultural genocide with a focus on the Aboriginal community in Canada. Lamoureux has developed groundbreaking mentorship and inclusion programs in Aboriginal education. He is also a tireless advocate for the inclusion of Aboriginal perspectives in education.