Evaluating Genocidal Policy

Jessica Rockhold, primary author.
Revised by Laura Patton. December 2023.
Midwest Center for Holocaust Education

Grade Level
9th-12th grade
8th grade with discretion. 
Language Arts
Social Studies
Time Needed:
Three to four (45-50 minute) class periods

The Holocaust was not the last episode of mass atrocities, killing, or genocide in the 20th century. In fact, despite our claims of “Never Again,” the United Nations Genocide Convention, and increased availability of information, genocide has carried over into the 21st century.

One lesson we can take from the Holocaust is an understanding of the policy and implementation of genocides. By looking at instances since 1945 students are able to assess the world’s responses to those events.


Teacher Instructions (download)

Definition of Genocide
What is Genocide?
Ratification of the Genocide Convention
Countries participating in the Genocide Convention (See link to “Certified True Copy” under TEXT.)

Stages of Genocide
“The Ten Stages of Genocide” by Dr. Gregory H. Stanton, President, Genocide Watch
Genocide Watch YouTube Channel – Short videos on each of the ten stages of genocide.

Student Worksheet (download)


  1. Case Study One: Cambodia
  2. Case Study Two: Rwanda
  3. Case Study Three: Bosnia and Herzegovina
  4. Case Study Four: Sudan

Sadly, in addition to the case studies above, there are other examples of mass atrocities that have happened and are happening in the world. Students who wish to continue research into this important topic may begin at the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide and the Early Warning Project.

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