Genocide: Worse Than War
Best-selling historian and son of a Holocaust survivor, Daniel Jonah Goldhagen has been investigating genocide for over 30 years. He has spent most of his life dispelling the many myths that cloud the judgment of generally sensible people, and that keeps them for doing something to prevent this horrific crime.
In this PBS documentary, Goldhagen takes you on an extraordinary journey of deep insight and analysis. Listen as he interviews those that have been touched by genocide including survivers, perpetrators, witnesses, politicians, diplomats, historians, humanitarian aid workers, and journalists, all with the purpose of explaining and understanding the causes and effects of genocide.
In the last 100 years there have been over 100 million innocent victims of genocide. This is much more than the amount of casualties of all the wars all over the world in the same period of time. Genocides happen in every corner of the world and to every type of people. The Turks murdered over 1 million Armenians during World War I. During the 1930s and 1940s Japanese murdered millions across Asia. Over 8 million died in the Soviet Gulag Camps. Germans exterminated over 6 million Jews during World War II. The Chinese Communists killed about 30 million, and in the 1970s over 1.7 million Cambodians were murdered. Then there are the millions who were slaughtered in Bosnia, Rwanda, Congo, and Darfur.
Based only on these numbers, genocide and mass-slaughter are the worst problems plaguing humanity today, and people need to understand that absolutely nothing is inevitable about it. It boils down to a series of choices: leaders choose to initiate the killing, ordinary people choose to participate, and those with the power to make it stop choose to do nothing.
WORSE THAN WAR documents Goldhagen’s travels, studies, and interviews in nine countries around the world. He brings viewers along on an unprecedented and thought-provoking journey.