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65 HOLOCAUST SCHOLARS URGE OBAMA: ARREST SUDAN’S PRESIDENT IF HE COMES TO U.N.

Washington, D.C. – Sixty-five leading Holocaust and genocide scholars from around the world have sent a letter to President Obama, urging him to arrest Sudanese president Omar Hassan al-Bashir, if Bashir comes to New York City this week to address the United Nations General Assembly.

Bashir was indicted in 2009 by the International Criminal Court for his central role in the Darfur genocide. He is the first sitting head of state to be indicted by the ICC.

The letter of protest was organized by The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, based in Washington, D.C. It is the latest in a series of Wyman Institute initiatives seeking U.S. action to stop the Darfur atrocities and bring Bashir to justice.

“For the past four years, Bashir –the Butcher of Darfur, as he is known– has openly traveled to numerous Arab and African countries, while the Free World has refrained from taking action against him. The time has come to act,” the letter argues.

“We urge you to arrest Bashir upon his arrival in New York City, and hand him over to the International Criminal Court for prosecution,” the scholars’ letter continues. “This will demonstrate that the United States is committed to bringing war criminals to justice, and it will serve as a powerful deterrent to future would-be perpetrators of atrocities.”

The 65 signatories on the letter, who come from the United States, Canada, Israel, England, Poland, Hungary, the Netherlands, Australia, and Chile, include many of the most distinguished figures in the field of Holocaust and genocide studies. The signatories include:

* Prof. David S. Wyman, author of the best-selling The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust 1941-1945.
* Prof. Yehuda Bauer, senior historian at Israel’s Yad Vashem’s Holocaust center.
* Prof. Michael Berenbaum, former director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
The complete text of the petition, with all the signatories, follows below.

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The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies
Hon. Andrew L. Somers Division of Public Education

September 24, 2013

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

As scholars who have written or taught about the Holocaust or other genocides, we are deeply troubled by the news that Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir intends to address the United Nations General Assembly this month.

Bashir has been indicted by the International Criminal Court for “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity,” involving “intentionally directing attacks against an important part of the civilian population of Darfur, Sudan, murdering, exterminating, raping, torturing, and forcibly transferring large numbers of civilians, and pillaging their property.”

For the past four years, Bashir –the Butcher of Darfur, as he is known– has openly traveled to numerous Arab and African countries, while the Free World has refrained from taking action against him. The time has come to act.

We urge you to arrest Bashir upon his arrival in New York City, and hand him over to the International Criminal Court for prosecution. This will demonstrate that the United States is committed to bringing war criminals to justice, and it will serve as a powerful deterrent to future would-be perpetrators of atrocities.

Cordially,

Prof. David S. Wyman
University of Massachusetts – Amherst (emer.)

Prof. Yehuda Bauer
Yad Vashem and Hebrew University (emer.)

Prof. Irving Abella
York University, Toronto

Prof. Taner Akçam
Clark University

Prof. Mehnaz Afridi
Director, Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center
Manhattan College

Prof. Elizabeth Baer
Gustavus Adolphus College

Prof. Marie Baird
Duquesne University

Prof. Karyn Ball
University of Alberta, Edmonton

Prof. Paul R. Bartrop
Director, Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies
Florida Gulf Coast University

Prof. Michael Berenbaum
American Jewish University

Prof. Alan L. Berger
Director, Center for the Study of Values and Violence after Auschwitz
Florida Atlantic University

Prof. Paul Bookbinder
University of Massachusetts Boston

Dr. Harold Brackman
Simon Wiesenthal Center

Prof. Daniel Burston
Duquesne University

Prof. Israel W. Charny
Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide

Prof. Abram De Swaan
University of Amsterdam – The Netherlands

Prof. Deborah Dwork
Director, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Clark University

Prof. Allon Gal
Ben-Gurion University (emer.)

Prof. Zev Garber
Los Angeles Valley College (emer.); Editor, Shofar

Dr. Edyta Gawron
Jagiellonian University, Krakow – Poland

Dr. Myrna Goldenberg
Bethesda, MD

Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies

Prof. Bernard Harrison
University of Utah / University of Sussex (emer.)

Prof. Susannah Heschel
Dartmouth College

Dr. Steven Leonard Jacobs
The University of Alabama

Prof. Paul F. Knitter
Union Theological Seminary (emer.)

Dr. Rebecca Kook
Ben-Gurion University

Dr. Neil J. Kressel
Director, Honors Program in the Social Sciences
William Paterson University

Prof. Fred Lazin
Ben Gurion University (emer.) / New York University

Prof. Marcia Sachs Littell
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (emer.)

Dr. Rafael Medoff
The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies

Prof. Rochelle L. Millen
Wittenberg University

Prof. Stephen H. Norwood
University of Oklahoma

Prof. John T. Pawlikowski
Catholic Theological Union

Prof. Anton Pelinka
Central European University, Budapest – Hungary

Prof. Monty Noam Penkower
Machon Lander Graduate School of Jewish Studies (emer.)

Prof. Susan L. Pentlin
University of Central Missouri

The Rev Peter A. Pettit, PhD
Muhlenberg College

Prof. Eunice G. Pollack
University of North Texas

Prof. Elena G. Procario-Foley
Iona College

Dr. Carol Rittner, RSM
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Prof. Paul Rose
Pennsylvania State University

Prof. John K. Roth
Claremont McKenna College (emer.)

Professor Suzanne D. Rutland
University of Sydney – Australia

Prof. Robert Shapiro
Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

Prof. Baila R. Shargel
Manhattanville College

Prof. Robert Skloot
University of Wisconsin-Madison (emer.)

Prof. Philip Spencer
Director, Bamber Centre for the Study of Rights, Conflict and Mass Violence
Kingston University

Prof. Leon Stein
Roosevelt University

Prof. Oren Baruch Stier
Florida International University

Prof. Norton S. Taichman
University of Pennsylvania (emer.)

Prof. Ana Maria Tapia
University of Chile

Prof. Peter Tarjan
University of Miami

Prof. Samuel Totten
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (emer.)

Prof. Carole Gottlieb Vopat
University of Wisconsin

Prof. Kenneth Waltzer
Director, Jewish Studies Program
Michigan State University

Mary Lee Webeck, Ph.D
Director of Education, Holocaust Museum Houston

Prof. Sonja Schoepf Wentling
Concordia College

Victoria Saker Woeste
Research Professor, American Bar Foundation

Prof. Linda M. Woolf
Webster University

Prof. Randall C. Zachman
University of Notre Dame

Prof. John C. Zimmerman
University of Nevada Las Vegas

Prof. Bat-Ami Zucker
Bar Ilan University

Kelly J. Zúñiga, Ed.D., CFRE
Executive Director, Holocaust Museum Houston

(Institutions listed for identification purposes only.)

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ABOUT THE WYMAN INSTITUTE: The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, based in Washington, D.C. is a research and education institute focusing on America’s response to the Holocaust. It is named in honor of the eminent historian and author of the 1984 best-seller The Abandonment of the Jews, the most important and influential book concerning the U.S. response to the Nazi genocide.
The Institute’s Advisory Committee includes Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel, Members of Congress, and other luminaries. Its Academic Council includes more than 50 leading professors of the Holocaust, American history, and Jewish history. The Institute’s Arts & Letters Council, chaired by Cynthia Ozick, includes prominent artists, writers, musicians, and filmmakers. (For a complete list, please visit www.WymanInstitute.org)

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