Questions for students to consider after watching "Hotel Rwanda":
1.Why do you think people are willing to commit the barbaric acts seen in Rwanda and in other genocides?
2.Why do you think people who were fundamentally good and decent cross the line into behavior that was profoundly wrong?
3.In situations of conflict, people can be classified as perpetrators, rescuers, bystanders and victims. It is estimated that generally the category of bystanders contains far more than all the other categories combined. Why is the bystander category so large?
Reference the "Holocaust Triangle" attached to this lesson plan. It is estimated that during the Holocaust, some 85 percent of non-Jewish Europeans were bystanders, 10 percent perpetrators and a small percentage rescuers. The critical element of this analysis is that each of those in the non-victim categories made a personal choice or series of choices about what role they would play.
4.Does it matter what one person does in such situations?
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