Current Exhibition


From a "Crime without a Name" to "Genocide": The Simele Massacre of Assyrians, Iraq, August 1933


January 14, 2011- September 15, 2011
Reflections Gallery
1st Floor, Engelhard Hall
Rutgers University, Newark


Exhibition Sponsors

Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights (CGHR)
Rutgers University, Newark (Host)

Museum of Human Rights, Freedom and 
 (MHRFT) Livingston, New Jersey 
(Co-Host and Curator)


Exhibition Theme

While largely unnoticed and quickly forgotten, the 1933 Simele Massacre of Assyrians in Iraq was a pivotal moment in the history of the Assyrian people, who lost all hope of establishing a safe homeland. It was also a critical event that inspired Raphael Lemkin, the Polish-Jewish jurist who coined the term genocide and worked tirelessly to for its criminalization in international law, culminating in the passage and later ratification of the 1948 United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. (Raphael Lemkin also taught at the Rutgers-Newark Law School in 1956.) This exhibition presents the history and culture of the Assyrian people, the story of the 1933 Simele massacre, and its place in the contemporary struggle to criminalize and punish the perpetrators of the world’s greatest crimes.


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