Genocide is the systematic destruction of all or a significant part of a linguistic, ethnic, religious or national group. Well-known examples of genocide include the Holocaust, the Armenian genocide, the Bosnian genocide, and the Rwandan genocide of 1994.
- It is a failure not only for the United Nations; it is a failure for the international community. And all of us are responsible for this failure ... it is a genocide which has been committed. More than 200,000 people have been killed and the international community is still discussing what ought to be done.
- Boutros Boutros-Ghali in speaking of the slaughter in Rwanda, cited in Awake! magazine 1994, 11/22.
- How could so many reputable and responsible churchmen have lent their support, even if only passively, to the perpetration of such crimes as genocide? What fever seized so many millions of German Christians, both Evangelical [Lutheran] and Catholic, in those few short years of Nazi tyranny? ... The Church was unprepared and totally unsuited to cope with the situation.
- J. S. Conway, Canadian historian, raised this question in his book The Nazi Persecution of the Churches 1933-1945.
- How could I deny the power of evil when I see what is occurring and what has occurred since I was born: The second world war, with over 40 million victims; Auschwitz and the death camps; the genocide in Cambodia; the bloody tyranny of the Ceauşescu regime; torture as a system of government in many places throughout the world. The list of horrors is endless. . . . So I believe that we are justified in calling such acts ‘diabolic,’ not that they are inspired by a Devil with horns and cloven feet but by a Devil that is the symbol of the spirit and power of evil operating in the world.
- Jean Delumeau, historian, replied when asked if he believed in the Devil, cited in The Watchtower magazine, 2002, 10/15.
- Sometimes I have feared that, in some wild paroxysm of rage, the white race, forgetful of the claims of humanity and the precepts of the Christian religion, will proceed to slaughter...
- All the members of the church who have sinned during the genocide must have the courage to bear the consequences of the deeds that they have committed.
- John Paul II, in a letter addressed to church leaders, civil authorities, and the population of Rwanda. Cited in Awake! magazine, 1997, 2/8.