Latin American Network Capacity Building seminar for Genocide Prevention

Project Partner
Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum

The Latin American Network Capacity Building seeks to reach out to public officials in Latin America, offering bi-annual seminars in the practice of genocide prevention, alternating between Auschwitz Birkenau and a site of genocide and/or mass atrocity in Latin America. By addressing topics and questions such as “What caused the Holocaust? What were the warning signs? What actions were taken to prevent this, though unsuccessful?” the Holocaust becomes the central case study in these seminars.

The participants of the seminars later joined a communication network of genocide-sensitive policymakers who serve as agents of genocide and atrocity crimes prevention in their country.  In cooperation with the grant recipient, the targeted governments work to implement a standardized training curriculum, to become obligatory for all civil servants in the region. This will make the benefits of this program available to the entire population and all civil servants. The curriculum, which has been tested in three cycles of two-week courses, was finalized in 2017.