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Resisting GenocideThe Multiple Forms of Rescue$
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Jacques Semelin, Claire Andrieu, and Sarah Gensburger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199333493

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199333493.001.0001

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Rescue, a Notion Revisited

Rescue, a Notion Revisited

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(p.495) Conclusion Rescue, a Notion Revisited
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Resisting Genocide
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Claire Andrieu

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199333493.003.0031

This book has made an attempt to recast the notion of rescue by offering a new definition and identifying the parameters that characterise rescuers. It has applied this new approach to aid and rescue to the genocides of the Jews, Armenians, and Tutsis of Rwanda. In this way, the book has avoided overgeneralising from a single case of genocide. Drawing on history, sociology, and political science, the book has analysed the external constraints faced by the rescuers, including geography, closeness to the victims, presence of other minorities, and precise details of the genocidal policy. Lastly, it has discarded the accepted notion that the ‘perpetrator-victim-bystander’ triad provides the key to comprehending genocides, and instead made bystanders and perpetrators equally responsible for the crime.

Keywords:   rescue, rescuers, Jews, Armenians, Tutsis, Rwanda, genocide, victims, bystanders, perpetrators

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