How the Shoah Foundation Works

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While giving the keynote speech to the Stockholm International Forum on Preventing Genocide, Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations, stated:

There can be no more important issue, and no more binding obligation, than the prevention of genocide. Indeed, this may be considered one of the original purposes of the United Nations. The "untold sorrow" which the scourge of war had brought to mankind, at the time when our Organization was established, included genocide on a horrific scale ... And yet, genocide has happened again, in our time ... The events of the 1990s, in the former Yugoslavia and in Rwanda, are especially shameful. The international community clearly had the capacity to prevent these events. But it lacked the will.

What would inspire the will necessary to bring action to prevent genocide?

For survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust, the words "never again" have become an anthem, a prayer and a demand that mankind learn from its mistakes. There are many organizations around the globe that are working toward that goal. One such group is the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. Steven Spielberg established the Shoah Foundation in 1994 after he made the Academy Award-winning film "Schindler's List." In this article, we'll take a look at how this organization is utilizing some cutting-edge technology to "overcome prejudice, intolerance, and bigotry -- and the suffering they cause."