Holocaust Remembrance Around the World: Rwanda

Freddy Mutanguha, a Rwandan activist for human rights, is director of the Kigali Holocaust Memorial and the Executive Director of the Aegis Trust. He was interviewed on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, by Dr. Shay Pilnik, director of the Emil A. and Jenny Fish Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, as part of the Fish Center’s series on Holocaust Remembrance Around the World.

Mutanguha, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide that killed 1 million in one year, shared his own story of survival as he also called for further education to prevent another genocide from occurring in the world.  He explained that there were several early warning signs before the Rwandan genocide which mimicked Europe prior to the start of World War II, including the premeditated institutionalization of hatred of an ethnic minority and the dehumanization of the victims.