Genocide Factor: The Human Tragedy

  • 2002
  • TV-14

This history of the `devil in the human spirit that gets collectivized,' as one diplomat puts it, traces genocide back to Biblical times but concentrates on the 20th-century. The four-part series features comments by 85 diplomats, historians, eyewitnesses and survivors.

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Genocide Factor: The Human Tragedy

First Aired: April 9, 2002

Part 2 (of four) concentrates on the Nazi Holocaust, but also chronicles the Japanese “rape of Nanking,” the mass starvation of Ukrainians in the 1930s and “a genocide in the making” against blacks in Oklahoma in 1921. What made such persecution unique, says narrator Dave Mann, is that “every single member of the group was destined to be killed for the crime of being born.”

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