8 Stages of Genocide

• “More than 50 million people were systematically murdered in the past 100 years- the century of mass murder.” • “In sheer numbers, these and other killings make the 20th century the bloodiest period in human history. ” • Why do you think the 20th Century has experienced more bloodshed and murder than any other period in history?
National Geo. 2006

“Any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, as such: 1. Killing members of the group. 2. Causing serious bodily or mental harm.

3. Deliberately inflicting conditions of life for physical destruction in whole or in part.
4. Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group 5. Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group."

Genocide is a process that develops in eight stages that are predictable but can also be stopped.

The eight stages of genocide are: Classification Symbolization Organization Polarization Extermination Denial

Dehumanization Preparation


• All cultures have categories to distinguish people into "us and them"

• By ethnicity, nationality, ideology or religion

Identify the target
Political Opposition
• The First Victims of the Holocaust Were Those Who Opposed/or Could Oppose the Nazi Party Political Opponents Church Officials • Why? Remove Those Opposed to the Ideas/Plans of the Nazi Party and Could Hinder or Inhibit the Nazi Vision of Germany from happening

Identify the target
The Jews Another group targeted, and the group most identify with the Holocaust were the Jews • Nazis ban Jews from military. • Nuremberg race laws against Jews decreed.


• Names or other symbols are used to classify and distinguish groups. (“Them”) • Example:
• Yellow Star of David for Jews during WWII • Any item forced upon a group to distinguish them from the majority

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