World War II, Holocaust: Never Again

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“Never Again”

After World War II, the phrase “Never Again” was used in response to the Holocaust. Since then, the world has failed to respond to the genocides in Rwanda, Uganda, and Sudan. The phrase “Never Again” means exactly what it says. The world knew that the war was so bad, and so many people had died, that they would never let it happen again. Many nations reacted to the Holocaust, which is why it was a world war. Britain and France declared war on Germany two days after Hitler invaded Poland. After Hitler invades Russia, and Japan bombs Pearl Harbor, the US enters the war. Many countries entered the war to defend their own country, not really as a reaction of the Holocaust. The United Nations became the official name for the coalition fighting the axis powers in 1942. United Nations agencies were created and operated during the war. United Nations Information Boards with offices and organizations were established in New York and London, producing documents on Nazi atrocities and publicity about the war effort and plans for the peace. The United Nations had a role in organizing military operations especially in the early campaigns in the Pacific and in the Western Mediterranean. The United Nations also had an organizing role in creating the postwar legal and security organizations.

The UN failed to respond to the Rwandan genocide. The Rwandan genocide was the slaughter of about 800,000-1,000,000 people during a period of a hundred days from April to July of 1994. The slaughters were carried out by mainly two Hutu militia groups, the Interahamwe and the Impuzamugambi . The Rwandan genocide is not only important because of the number of people who died, but also because of the way many Western countries responded to the genocide. The United Nations did not authorize a relief mission to aide and to stop the killing. The UN were forbidden from engaging the militias or discharging their weapons, except in self-defense. The UN also did not respond...
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