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December 03, 2007
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Kean University Will Host Seminar on 1971 Bangladesh Genocide

UNION, N.J. – The Department of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Nathan Weiss Graduate College at Kean University will host an informative retrospective seminar entitled Bangladesh 1971: Intolerance, Violence and Genocide, on Sunday, December 9, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Kean University Little Theatre, located at 1000 Morris Avenue, in Union, N.J.

Dr. Bernard Weinstein, professor of English and Jewish Studies and coordinator of the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (MAHGS) program at Kean, recalls watching a short film about the birth of Bangladesh and becoming immediately curious about the 1971 genocide.

“This was a massacre of such magnitude, one that should not be easily forgotten, yet much of the world knows nothing of this genocide,” said Weinstein. “It’s certainly a research-worthy study for our program.”

The seminar will be a study of the 1971 massacre of the Bengali people. On the eve of Bangladesh’s declaration of independence from Pakistan, the Pakistani Army launched what was called Operation Searchlight on the night of March 25, 1971 – a military action to quell the uprising by the Bengali people – that resulted in the mass killings of civilians.

The ensuing atrocities continued throughout the year before reaching a climax in December, when the Pakistani Army began targeted killings of educators, engineers, doctors, writers, journalists, artists, painters and other members of the Bengali intellectual community in an effort to cripple future generations.

Bangladesh 1971: Intolerance, Violence and Genocide will feature commentary and recollections from distinguished Bangladeshi, Southern Asian and other scholars of genocide from various universities, eyewitnesses and survivors, as well as family members of the genocide’s victims.

Speakers include:

The seminar is open to the public and free of charge. For more information, please visit