Living Through Horrors no Adult Could Comprehend


Never again!” was the promise and prayer of an international community shocked by the Holocaust. But for people like NYU student Jacqueline Murekatete, who was nine years old in 1994, when Hutu tribesmen massacred her Tutsi family in Rwanda, words cannot express how empty a pledge that has been. Human Rights Watch calls children like Murekatete “the smallest witnesses.” They are child survivors of genocide, kids who have lived through massacres few adults could comprehend. The Museum of Jewish Heritage, believing strongly in a commitment to social justice, assembles “The Youngest Survivors of Genocide,” a panel featuring Murekatete, Holocaust survivor Dr. André Stein, and on behalf of those who cannot yet speak for themselves, Dr. Annie Sparrow, whose work with child refugees of the ongoing genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan has resulted in a disturbing exhibit of crayon drawings through which the children mutely recount the horrors they have endured. The panelists will discuss, among other topics, the importance of creativity for survivors of such overwhelming trauma. This talk is presented in conjunction with “Life in Shadows: Hidden Children and the Holocaust,” a photographic record of Jewish children who hid to survive.