U.S Holocaust Museum Opens Exhibit on War Crimes in Syria
United States Holocaust Museum Opens Exhibit on Regime War Crimes in Syria Based on Caesar Photographs
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) has continued its recognition of the suffering of the Syrian people by opening an exhibit focused on the regime war crimes documented by Caesar. Earlier this year, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum hosted defected regime photographer ‘Caesar,’ for a small meeting with USHMM executive staff and journalists. Caesar’s photos of systematic torture and killing in the Assad regime’s prisons will be featured in a special exhibit within the USHMM, which is the United States’ official Holocaust memorial. Since its opening in 1993, USHMM has received nearly forty million visitors, including over 3,500 foreign dignitaries from over 130 countries. Additionally in 2013, the museum’s website, which also now features a Syria section on its main page, received over 16.5 million visits. Visithttp://www.ushmm.org/ to learn more about their online exhibit.
The USHMM is recognized globally for both its important mission and professional excellence in archiving and presenting evidence of war crimes throughout the world. The inclusion of Syrian victims of the Assad regime is a monumental statement, particularly in a media and political environment which chooses to ignore Assad’s atrocities. After leaving the main Holocaust exhibit, visitors will enter a special section entitled “From Memory to Action: Meeting the Challenge of Genocide” which explores genocides since the Holocaust including Bosnia, Rwanda, and Sudan. Caesar’s photos will be featured in this section.
“The staff at USHMM has been incredibly sympathetic and generous with their time and space,” said CDS GR Chair Muna Jondy. “Their willingness to highlight the suffering of our family and friends back in Syria speaks volumes about their commitment to exposing atrocities wherever they occur. We are deeply honored by this exhibit, and encourage all Americans to go and witness the brutality of the Assad regime, first hand.”
See the following link for an interview with the Director of USHMM’s Center for the Prevention of Genocide http://news.yahoo.com/exhibition-of-syria-torture-photos-shows--depravity--of-assad-regime-220711714.html